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15.01 Why should I backup DoubleTime?

15.01 Why should I backup DoubleTime?

  • Backing up your DoubleTime database is important for two reasons: Data loss and Performance.
  • Like any file on your computer, your DoubleTime database is vulnerable to system crashes and hardware failures. Hard drive crashes, lightning strikes, and power surges can all damage or corrupt your valuable data. Regularly backing up (to a tape drive or other device) your DoubleTime database is your best protection.
  • In addition to making a safe copy of your data, the DoubleTime database backup procedure will automatically perform some routine maintenance tasks to help improve performance. Like changing the oil in your car's engine, regular database backups will help keep your DoubleTime database performing at its best.
  • Special note for Networks: Because network (NT, Novell, and Peer-to-Peer) database engines are always running, the database files themselves are seen by the network server as being always "open" or in use. Typical backup utilities such as Microsoft Backup, ArcServe, or BackupExec will not backup files that are in use.
  • It is still necessary to use the Database Backup Utility within DoubleTime even if your system uses other backup software. The DoubleTime Database Backup Utility will create a copy of your DoubleTime database that your network backup software can successfully access.
  • To backup, create a folder in Windows Explorer. Do not use DBLTIME as the folder name. We suggest using DBBACKUP.
  • When the folder has been created, open DoubleTime.
  • From the Utilities menu, select Database Backup.
  • A Select Path window will open. Specify the Drive and Path for the backup folder and click OK.