Not recognising format files
I can't seem to load my format files onto Cardbox
I can't seem to load my format files onto Cardbox
I run Cardbox through Parallels on an Apple machine via Windows 10. After an update this morning Windows shut down and then restarted. I now cannot load my format files, although I can see them on my C:drive. When I click on File/New Database I can see the two format files, but neither will open. The error message is: "Cardbox cannot create this database file (directory/folder not found)". If I click on File/Open the data bases are not there. Any suggestions gratefully received.
Oh boy, Apple + Windows 10 + W10 update without restart delay after updates... Windows 10 seems a little more secure, but new very dangerous things are added as you experienced.
Thanks for getting back so quickly, Bert. I have to have Windows on the Apple because I need Cardbox (it's the data base for a journal I run) - that's the only Windows program I use. I've looked for '\FOUND', but it's not there. It's really frustrating to see the .fmt files (accessed through the c: drive and also on Cardbox's own dropdown menu) and yet not have Cardbox recognise them:-(
Just a thought, but is it possible to cycle backwards in Windows 10 and so access it before the upgrade?
Of course, I understand Apple + W10 ;-). Normally it will work fine. But W10 update is not really a nice dictation. The more, you read a lot of difficulties around it. I do not know in which folder your databases were located. Documents? Then W10 update should leave it untouched. So a roll back, you can give it a try, perhaps. First be convinced there is on that 'machine' on no other place of the fil or fmt's. Be sure first about that before roll back (use Windows search). Perhaps Parallels can connect your Apple local disk as a network connection (like Oracle's Virtual Box?). Then it is stored on the normal HD in stead of the disk op the virtual machine.
Hi, Bert. I do have backups of both the format files and the data files, thank goodness. I've rolled Windows back to before the update, but Cardbox still wasn't letting me access the data.
Could you give me an idiot's guide to reloading the format and data files?
What I have been doing is Copy/Pasting those two files into Cardbox on the C: drive.
So this time I Copied and Pasted the two .fil files (JET2format.fil and Ref.fil) and this time they opened, but I can't do anything with them.
I'm obviously doing something wrong!
1. Check if files not are Read/Only (Explorer).
Thanks, Bert. I've just tried to go to rebuild, but the next two options are greyed out. It certainly looks as if the files are Read Only. Why would they be Read Only?
I'm thinking that I need to reload everything from scratch. That is, delete the format files in the Cardbox directory, coy/paste them in from my backup and then load in the two data files - if it will let me do that!
Perhaps best thing to do
Hi, Bert. I've just wiped Cardbox off the system then reloaded it. I added the 2 format files (copied them into the Cardbox directory). If I leave my usb stick in then I can run the 2 data base files without a problem (though it's quite slow). If I copy the two data base files (.fil) to the Cardbox directory then they become read only. I've checked the two files' properties and 'Read Only is unchecked.
So why can't I run the two data files from the computer?
I've spent the last two hours or so (and most of yesterday) trying to access my data bases in Cardbox from my backups. Finally it works without running very slowly off my USB backup. For anyone else who might have this problem my mistake was to copy the format and data files into the Cardbox directory. Bert had suggested I look in Apple's Documents folder for the two databases (the .fil) and they weren't there But his suggestion gave me the idea of putting the two format files and their associated databases into the Documents directory. IT NOW WORKS!!
Many thanks, Bert.
For local/personal use of a Cardbox database is Documents a right location. That folder contains also a Cardbox folder. Also that is good location. The Cardbox program folder is normally not a right location for databases. In that folder is also a Sample folder: the location for the sample databases of Cardbox. In that folder any database (also added databases) is read-only. Perhaps...?
It is running a little slowly though. Should Cardbox (the programme itself) have been loaded into Documents? I loaded it into the Windows c:drive Program Files (x86), so perhaps that is why it is running slowly?
Yes, backups are essential (I have Time Machine, plus Carbon Copy Cloner for Apple on separate drives, plus the USB for Cardbox - belt and braces!).
The location of the Cardbox program files is normal. So I see no reason to change it.
It's quite a high spec machine with plenty of RAM and I've allocated 4GB to the virtual machine. It was running perfectly until this problem. I hope Windows is not going to cause me any further problems, as I have no obvious way to turn off the automatic updates.
I also run Cardbox on my MacBook (for use when I'm away from the main Mac). The setup on there is exactly as I thought it should be on the iMac, with the format and data files lodged within the Cardbox directory - in Windows c:drive Program Files (x86). It's running perfectly there, so why wouldn't it run (except as Read Only) in that directory and why so slow on the iMac?
The problem is, I do not owe an iMac. So I can only guess why Parallels makes w10 a little difficult.
Good morning, Bert. I had wound Windows back to an earlier version so that I wasn't using the most recent update whenI loaded Cardbox back onto the system. It looks as if you were right and Windows was updating again, but this time my system didn't crash. Cardbox is back to its normal impressive speed.
Thanks for the suggestion re 00Shutup. I'm catching up with work at the moment but will download it as it seems exactly what I need.
Sorry to bother you with another question. Can Cardbox run from the cloud which I could then access on my two computers? My Cardbox manual was printed before the Cloud was invented, so makes no mention of running it off site. I was thinking I might then not need to use Windows on my computers, but just run Cardbox off-site as it were.
Cloud: several options!
- Cardbox Client + databases in the cloud:
- Browser approach:
The Cardbox databases are fed by Cardbox Client where in the world, and I can retrieve your data even by your phonebrowser.
Thanks for these suggestions, Bert. If I understand you correctly all these options require at some point Windows and I would like to abandon Windows altogether and remain with just Apple on my system. However, there's no programme as fast as Cardbox for Apple!
I'm still catching up with things, but will load O&OShutup as soon as I can.
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