Backing up your database

You can use the ACD Database Backup Wizard to back up all of your database information, which you can then restore in the case of a system failure or other event. You can also choose to back up your image, media, or archive files along with the relevant database information.

The Database Backup Wizard creates a series of files in a specified location that contain your entire database. The backup is generated using your folder structure and is unique to your computer. To back up portions of your database, or to share database information with another ACDSee 12 user, use the ACD Database Export Wizard.

For some suggestions about managing your database backups, see Database backup tips and strategies.

To back up your database information:

  1. In Manage mode, click Tools | Database | Back Up Database.
  2. On the Welcome page, select whether you would like to create a new backup, or append an existing backup. Click Next.
  3. If you choose to update an existing backup, please go to step #5.

  4. On the New Backup page, select the information you would like to back up. Click Next.
  5. On the Backup Location page, click Browse and specify a location for your backup, and type a name for the backup file. Click Next.
  6. On the Backup Summary page, review your settings. If you chose to update an existing backup, click the Backup to update drop-down list, and then select the existing backup. Click Next.

Backup information options

Do not include thumbnails

Excludes thumbnails from the backup, saving a substantial amount of storage space on your disc or hard drive.

Include thumbnails for offline files

Includes only thumbnails for files that do not reside on your hard drive, such as PhotoDiscs.

Include thumbnails

Includes all thumbnails in the database. This will require more space on your hard drive or disc to store the backup.

Backup files of type

Backs up the specified file types with the database information. Select from the following file types:

  • Image: Includes image files in the backup.
  • Media: Includes audio and video files in the backup.
  • Archive: Includes archive files in the backup.

All files of specified types on your local hard drives

Backs up all specified files on your hard drive.

All files of specified types on local and network hard drives

Backs up all specified files on your hard drive and network drives.

All files of specified types in a folder

Backs up all specified files in a specified folder. Click the Browse button and select the folder to back up.

ACDSee Photo Manager Note Backing up your database

If your disc burner uses packet software to format re-writable CDs and DVDs, ACDSee 12 will not be able to burn your backup to a disc. Instead, ACDSee 12 will recognize your burner as a hard drive, which you can select on the Backup Location page.

See also:

  • Database backup tips and strategies

Backing up your database