Thursday, October 28, 2021

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Getting Back Up and Running After a Hard Drive Crash

So let’s say the worst has happened, and you need to recover after a major disaster like a hard drive crash, stolen computer, or the like. Here’s what you need to do to get back in the game:

  1. Install Windows, then head over to Windows Update and download and install all the available patches and updates.
  2. Install the most recent version of ComicBase you have, from its original CD or DVD.

    If you were working with a downloaded copy of ComicBase Express, you can re-download it by putting in the proper serial number at http://www.comicbase.com/downloadproduct.asp (If you’ve forgotten your serial number, drop a note to with your full name and address, and the approximate date of purchase, and we’ll see if we can’t look you up).
  3. Launch ComicBase and use the Internet > Check for Updates command to download any program updates.
  4. Exit ComicBase, then install any program updates that you downloaded.
  5. If you have a backup of your existing data, copy it to your default location ([My Documents]\Human Computing\ComicBase Databases if you’re running ComicBase 14) and save it as “ComicBase Database” (the default name). That way, you won’t need to remember anything special when it comes time to install a future update.
  6. Launch ComicBase. If you were using a different database than the default (“ComicBase Database”) you may need to File > Open to open your database file from wherever you copied it in the previous step. Make sure your data is all present and accounted for (at least as far as it existed when you made your backup)

At this point, you should be back in business. How good or bad that is will depend a lot on the particular nature of the disaster, and even more on how recent your last good backup was. As per the previous tip on that subject, it pays to back up often, and to make sure that not all your backups live on the same physical hard drive (or even computer).