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How to keep from losing your file

Discussion in 'ACI (Appraisers Choice) Software' started by Doug Wegener, Apr 22, 2009.

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  1. Doug Wegener

    Doug Wegener Senior Member

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    Apr 14, 2005
    Professional Status:
    Certified Residential Appraiser
    State:
    California
    Well, it happened again. This is the third time in about 10 years I have lost a report with a corrupt file. I was 5 minutes from completing it and the entire file went corrupt. ALL OF YESTERDAYS work was lost. Backup file also corrupt. Carbonite failed to make a copy. Needless to say, Im not a happy camper.

    ACI could not retrieve the file.

    To prevent this from happening go to Options, then enviornment, and file management. Make sure the second line "Place copy of report file in" is checked. I put it in my documents.


    ACI, in its wisdom,never told me to check this option, even after I lost previous reports. They wanted to save file space on my computer.

    AARGH!!!
     
  2. Edward OConor

    Edward OConor Member

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    Apr 27, 2006
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    You could take it one step further to a USB drive.
     
  3. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Elite Member

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    Jan 15, 2002
    Professional Status:
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    State:
    Georgia
    I'd find more stable software. :)
     
  4. Scott FL

    Scott FL Sophomore Member

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    Apr 12, 2003
    Professional Status:
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    Florida
    Iretrieved one the other day by saving the abk file to the desktop. then change the file name. then right click on the new desktop file and open in ACi. Worth a shot
     
  5. Doug Wegener

    Doug Wegener Senior Member

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    Apr 14, 2005
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    Software

    I would but I dont like the leaning curve for a new program.
     
  6. TC

    TC Elite Member

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    Jan 31, 2002
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    State:
    Pennsylvania
    I have about the same rate, 3 times in 12 years. Thanks for the storage tip, I just set it up to go to my docs.

    TC
     
  7. OSU Beavers

    OSU Beavers Elite Member

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    Jan 10, 2007
    Professional Status:
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    State:
    Oregon
    I have two hard drives in my PC and frequently copy and paste from ACI/Reports to my back up drive. Aci had a nasty habit of screwing both the .aci AND the .abk file on a crash so keeping a file on different drive cuts down on retyping. Also, .aci files do not like to get too large so convert them to .zoo files except if you are sending to Quantrix since pimp daddy Quan will not accept .zoo files.

    Learning is fun!
     
  8. BlackLabs

    BlackLabs Sophomore Member

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    Jul 17, 2006
    Professional Status:
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    State:
    Massachusetts
    I have an external hard drive and I have ACI automatically save the back up copy there. Go to Options; Environment; File Management and then set the path for back ups and copies to the ext. hard drive. You can buy a 1TB (1,000 GB) for $200.
     
  9. OSU Beavers

    OSU Beavers Elite Member

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    Jan 10, 2007
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    Less than $100 if you look hard enough Office Max
    or Staples.
     
  10. TC

    TC Elite Member

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    Jan 31, 2002
    Professional Status:
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    State:
    Pennsylvania

    Gentlemen,

    Thanks for the tip. I now have two backup sites set up. The problem with being a one man band is the lack of info like this that usually SOMEONE in the company knows. Guess I gotta read the manual.

    TC
     
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