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Attaching and/or Importing ACT! 2012 PAD File

Posted on 2014-02-11
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How can I take an ACT! 2012 Pro PAD data file (file.pad) from one computer and import/attach it to an installation of ACT! 2012 Pro on another computer?

This is a local database.
I cannot do a regular Export or a Backup from ACT! 2012 Pro on the first computer because it is not working, but I have the hard drive.
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Question by:wmtrader
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by:Mike Lazarus
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First, you can forget the PAD file ... that's just a pointer to the actual database.

For the correct steps, see this article:
http://kb.swiftpage.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/23392
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by:wmtrader
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It appears to have worked, it backed up and updated the database, but now ACT 2012 hangs at Logon Completed.
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First check that you have the latest build of Act! 2012:
http://kb.act.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/28810
* You might need Service Pack 1, then the Hotfix - depending on the version you have

Download the latest version of ACTDIAG from:
http://kb.act.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/27607

Attempt Repair as per:
http://kb.act.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/26854

If that still fails, whatever damaged the old PC might have damaged it.
Do you have a backup?

Make sure you set up an automated backup on new server as per:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Database/Contact_Management/ACT/A_1378-Automating-backups-for-ACT-by-Sage.html
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by:wmtrader
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The first suggestion worked to restore the data.
For the correct steps, see this article:
http://kb.swiftpage.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/23392

The second suggestion worked to fix the problem of the data not opening.
Attempt Repair as per:
http://kb.act.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/26854

Thanks
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