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Back-up Your Database... and other important files


It's a little boring to talk about... but it's not boring at all when something happens to your database records. It can happen in a moment... as I discovered when I accidentally dropped my external back-up drive last Friday. "No problem," I thought. "It was a short fall onto carpeting... and it's a well-built drive. Haven't I knocked it around a little before?" 

My drive experienced the event differently. When I plugged it in (so as to access all of the photos that I use in my work) it made little grunting sounds and disappeared from the computer explorer memory. If you've been there yourself, you  know what I did next... a series of restarts, re-plug-ins, and re-trys all gave me the same result. Yes, it was true, about 10 years worth of raw and edited photos were no longer accessible. 

This story has a happy ending, the same ending I want for you and your important files. Everything was safely backed-up to the cloud. Reinstall went smoothly over the weekend... all 100 Gigs of it. Luckily when you need to reinstall FundRaiser, you are looking at much smaller file sizes and so a much shorter time. In fact, when we assist customers in reinstalling a backup, it usually takes less than an hour.  

Making a quality back-up is easy to do on FundRaiser. Go to File->Create a Backup in your menu, then follow the directions. We recommend a weekly FundRaiser back-up if you only occasionally enter data - daily if you enter data often and/or heavily.  

If you have any questions on creating, reinstalling or anything else about backing up on FundRaiser please contact our Technical Support Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-543-4131.

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