FAQ: MicroBase Pro Data Migration - Archive Method


How Can I Migrate My MicroBase Pro Data To New Computer?

You can use the MicroBase Pro Data Archive feature to copy your database to a new computer. The following steps illustrate how to do this on a Windows PC equipped with MicroBase Pro v2.1 (or greater).

Important: When using this procedure:

  • Your Old PC has MicroBase Pro installed and contains the MicroBase data you wish to migrate.
  • Your New PC has MicroBase Pro installed and contains no MicroBase data of any value.
  • You must have the same version of MicroBase Pro installed on both your Old and New computers.

1. Archive MicroBase Pro Data On Your Old PC
On the Old MicroBase Pro installation, click DatabaseArchive DatabaseOK. Your entire database will be archived into a single folder with a path name something like what is shown below:
  • Windows 32-Bit: C:\Program Files\Dss\MicroBase\archive\MB_20140821_152437_16511 (user)
  • Windows 64-Bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Dss\MicroBase\archive\MB_20140821_152437_16511 (user)

Note: The Program Files folder location will be different depending on what style of Windows is installed on your PC.

2. Copy The Archived Data To The New PC

Copy the newly created archive folder to the New computer’s MBP installation.

  • Windows 32-Bit: C:\Program Files\Dss\MicroBase\archive\MB_20140821_152437_16511 (user)
  • Windows 63-Bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Dss\MicroBase\archive\MB_20140821_152437_16511 (user)

Note: On some Windows 64-Bit installations, the Program Files (x86) folder may be hidden. When this is the case, you will have to enable the display of hidden items in order to locate it.

3. Rebuild The New PC's Database Using Data From The Old Computer
  • On the New PC, run MicroBase Pro, then click DatabaseZap DatabaseYesYes. This will destroy your old database
  • The Create Database dialog will pop up. 
  • In the Create Database dialog, select the second radio button (Create database using data items from an existing archive).
  • Click Choose Archive, then drill down to the folder you copied from your old machine and select Create.

  4. Copy Additional Items (optional)
If desired, you can also copy the individual folders shown below directly from your old installation to the new one:
  • appnotes
  • groups
  • machines
  • memos
  • msgs
  • exchange
  • rawdata

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