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Max File Size Reached In FileMaker Pro

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ok I did a recovery but still the will not open keeps saying the max space is used...I need somehow to open it and delete some records to make room then i can make a double of that file and keepusing it
   
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by:efrainwga
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hi...
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by:Will Loving
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You posted this in the Web Development/Fonts area, but tagged it as FileMaker too....  I'm assuming you used FileMaker's "Recover" function to recover a damaged file? First, lets start with what very of FileMaker you are using, how big the file is and what the Recover log says or what messages were reported after you recovered... Note: Recent versions of FileMaker Pro have no real File size limit but FMP version 6 and earlier files do. If memory serves it was 2GB.
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by:Will Loving
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You posted this in the Web Development/Fonts area, but tagged it as FileMaker too....  I'm assuming you used FileMaker's "Recover" function to recover a damaged file? First, lets start with what version of FileMaker Pro you are using, what operating system, how big is the file, what the Recover log says or what messages were reported after you recovered, and how much free space do you have on your hard drive. Note: Recent versions of FileMaker Pro have no real File size limit but FMP version 6 and earlier files do. If memory serves it was 2GB.

The other thing to be aware of is that the purpose of the Recover command is to allow you to recover your data, not to fix everything that is wrong or to allow you to keep going using the recovered file. Recovery makes certain changes and came break things internally while trying to get you a file that is functional enough for you to export your data out of. In general, NEVER put a Recovered file back into production. The correct approach is:

Recover the file
Locate a backup copy of the file, prior to any crash or damage
Open the backup and create a Clone of the file using File -> Save a copy as... [ Clone - no records ]
Import All Data from the Recovered File into the Clone
Rename the Clone as needed and use that file for production

Again, with very rare exceptions, a recovered file should not but assumed to be OK and be put back into production. Always copy/import your data in the Recovered file into a Clone of a pre-damage/crash backup copy.
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by:efrainwga
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Thanks....I d am using filemaker pro 6 and the problemis the user is inserting pictures of clients intothe database...I did a recovery but like you said it will not fix this type of space problem ..it came back giving me a succesfull recovery...what I did is I imported the file into filemaker11 a trial version I downloaded and it opened fine but I now will feel bad to tell my customer that he should purchase again filemaker because I was the one that sold him the program not knowing this was going to hapen.
 
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Will Loving earned 2000 total points
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Well, since FileMaker Pro 6 came out almost 9 years ago, asking someone to upgrade isn't especially unreasonable. If you are working with a purchased custom solution that is based in FileMaker Pro 6, you can check with the creator and see if they have a more recent update, perhaps bundled with FileMaker Pro 11.
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by:efrainwga
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Since the file got to the maximum limit I know the solution was not going to be easy thanks for all your support...I will look to convince customer to upgrade

Thansk
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