Backup and Restore Database

Keep Data Safe by Regularly Backing Up

Backing up the Calibration Control (our Calibration Management Software) database on a weekly or even daily basis is a foolproof way to keep from losing data by accidental deletion or network/computer malfunction.

Backup Options

When installing Ape software, the default location for the MS Access database file is on the same computer where the software is installed.  See the help topic on finding your database to find the specific location.  In this situation, if the hard [disk] drive (HDD) crashes then all data will be lost.  Therefore, a good plan is to store the backup data on a data storage device separate from the computer (e.g., external HDD and/or cloud service).

If using the SQL Server version of Ape software, the location of the database (an MDF file) is controlled by the SQL Server and is incrementally backed up to an LDF file.  Depending on the selected choices during installation or migration (from MS Access to MS SQL Server), the database could be on the same computer or it could be somewhere on one of the servers in the network.

Follow along with our Backup/Restore SQL Server Database help topic or use your own backup routine to ensure a proper backup of Calibration Control. One such method is to copy and save the database and other important files to a remote location such as an external storage device (e.g., HDD or key) or a network location other than the current computer.  Always ensure that the backup location is a different physical HDD location from the original file(s).  The farther apart geographically those locations, the better.

Again, make sure to backup your data frequently to a separate location in order to help prevent loss of database information from accidental deletion or network/computer malfunction.

Last Updated:  27 October 2020