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This option will backup your data onto disk or your hard drive in a tcBackup.exe file. This option uses the Pkzip to compress or zip the size of files contained in the backup file.

Backup files are used to Restore a Set of Books to the set of data from which the Backup File was created. TurboCASH also allows you to create a backup file and send it directly via e-mail.

Backups are copies of your data that you make on a regular basis. You will need backups in case of a file corruption caused by power interruptions, hardware failures and other errors. Backups are also critical in case of fire and theft of your computer. It is therefore a good idea to store your backup disks in another location.


It is also recommended that you complete a BACKUP in the following instances:
  • Prior to performing any major processes, such as Delete a Set of Books and Data Re-Index from the File Menu and Global Processes (Clear / Reset, Do Year End, Transfer Balances) on the Tools menu.

  • Old data on your previous version of TurboCASH or other accounting package (Pastel 5.2) prior to conversion to TurboCASH.

  • On a regular basis: Depending on your need and volume of work. The following minimum is recommended:

    • 2 - 3 sets daily re-used weekly or every 3rd to 4th day.

    • 2 weekly sets - re-used every 3rd week.

    • 12 Monthly sets - done at the end of each month, and re-used each year.

    • 1 set prior to year-end and kept permanent.
The very same backup disks or backup files on your hard drive are used to restore your data in your set of books. If you do not make regular backups, you may have to re-enter thousands of transactions and general ledger, debtor, creditor and stock information.

To Make a Backup:

Click on File - Backup/Restore Set of Books menu option or click on the speed button or icon. You may also press the and and keys on your keyboard. If a Set of Books is open on your system, TurboCASH will automatically close the Set of Books and the Backup Set of Books screen will be displayed.
Title bar. It will change to Restore Set of Books if the Restore button is selected. Close button - click to close or exit this screen. A list of all valid Sets of Books. Location is the place where the Set of Books is stored on your system. Scroll bar - click and drag to select more Sets of Books from the list. Backup - select to create a backup file for a selected Set of Books. Restore - select to restore a Set of Books. Enter a name for the new Backup File you wish to create. Click on the icon to select a Backup File. Select this option if you wish to send a Backup File Click on the icon to select and open an existing Backup File. The full path Drive, Directories or Folders and the name of the selected Set of Books where the Set of Books displayed. Displays the progress (full path and the files which are added to the Backup File). It will also reflect the number of files added to the backup file, when the process is completed. Scroll bar - vertical - click or drag to view more added files, etc. Scroll bar - horizontal - click or drag to view more detail of an added file, etc. Click to initiate the process. Stop button - click to stop the Backup process. Progress indicator indicates the status of the backup process. Cancel button - click to cancel or abort the Backup process. The backup file will by default be created in the .exe file format. If you wish to send the backup file via e-mail, deselect this option to create the backup file in the zip file format. This is necessary for e-mail and internet security options. Restore from server will only be active if the Restore option is selected.
Click on the icon, if not already displayed.
Select the Name of the Set of Books you wish to Backup.
The name for the Backup file will be displayed by default as tcBackup. Overtype this file name with any other file name.

The date and time of your operating system is automatically inserted in the file name (e.g. tcBackup200503011544) after the default tcBackup file name. (In this example, the date and time format is YYYYMMDD followed by the Hour and Minutes. The format may differ if your operating system's short date style or format is set different.) It is recommended that this date and time not be overtyped, if you enter a name for your backup file.
If you need to create a backup file onto your system, make sure that the Backup to E-mail option is not selected. If you need to send the backup file via e-mail, select the field. For Internet and E-mail security purposes and firewall settings, you need to remove the tick in the field. TurboCASH will then create the backup file in the .zip file format.
Select the Drive to Backup to. The default backup path (drive or folder) for a set of books as set in the Setup - Preferences - Backup Path menu option will be displayed. If you have not set the default backup path, the default system drive (normally this would be the Stiffy Drive A) will be displayed. If you wish to select any other available drive or folder on your system, you may click on the Folder icon on the right-hand side of the Backup To field. The Browse for Folder screen will be displayed on which you may select any other backup target folder on your hard drive.

Remember to insert a Stiffy Disk if you have selected your Stiffy drive as the Backup target. Click on Backup and the process will start. If the Stiffy is full, TurboCASH will prompt you to insert the next disk until the backup process is completed. TurboCASH also allows you to backup to a Re-Writable CD, provided that you have a CD writer installed and formatted disks on your system.

Click on the button to start the backup process.

While the Backup process is running, the files that backed up from and added on your backup disk or location on your hard drive or network drive will be displayed. When the backup process is completed, the following Information screen will be displayed:

Click on the button and click on the button on the Backup Set of Books screen. You may also press the button on your keyboard to close or exit the Backup Set of Books screen.