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Backup & Restore - How to backup in Legacy Family Tree 6.0 and earlier

Author: Jim Terry Reference Number: AA-00536 Views: 5818 Created: 2013-11-19 10:24 AM Last Updated: 2015-01-29 11:56 AM 0 Rating/ Voters

Backup Basics

If not already done, we recommend that you set your Legacy options to automatically prompt for backups each time you exit the program. Here’s how:

1. Click Options on the menu bar and select Customize from the options menu.

2. At the Customize screen, click on the Other tab.

3. Next click the Turn on or off Optional Reminder Messages button, then select the Prompts/Reminders tab and check mark the box to Automatically Prompt for Backup.  Close the screen and click the Save button.

Now each time you quit the Legacy program, you will see a message asking if you want to backup the family file(s) you had open. Just click the Backup button and the process will start.

To backup a Legacy Family File:

1. Click on File and select Backup Family File from the drop-down menu, or choose to backup your files when exiting Legacy. The Backup Family File screen appears.

2. We recommend that you indicate in the name of the file that it contains the Data from your family file, as opposed to the multimedia. Including the date of the backup is also helpful. For example, "Anderson Family Legacy Data, 12 Dec 2009"

The backup file can be put on your hard drive, an external USB hard drive, a flash drive (memory stick)* or even a rewritable CD disk. (If you create a copy on your hard drive, you should copy it to a CD or transfer a copy to a different computer or upload it to an Internet backup service, or in some other way get a copy off of your computer. Sending a copy to a family member or close friend is also a good way to make sure that you will have access to it if your computer goes down.) * Memory sticks are good short-term uses like transferring files from one computer to another but are not recommended for long-term storage.

3. After you have set the backup location and named the backup file, click . You will see a blue line move from left to right in the backup progress box indicating the backup file is being created.

To backup Multimedia Files (Pictures, Sound bites and Video clips):

4. If you have multimedia files to backup, click Yes when prompted after making your data back, or click on File and select Backup Multimedia Files from the drop-down menu. The Backup Multimedia Files screen will open.

5. Follow the same general steps as for Data backups, but make certain that your multimedia backup has a different file name because you don't to loose your Data backup file by overwriting it. For example, "Anderson Family Legacy Multimedia, 12 Dec 2009"

Other important things to watch for:

• When backing up to a CD-RW in Windows XP, you might see a message balloon 'You have files waiting to to be written to the CD.' Click the balloon to see the pending backup files. Next click on Write these files to CD in the 'CD Writing Task' area of the Navigation Pane. 

• When backing up to a CD-RW, in some instances you will need to first backup to the hard drive and then use the software that came with the CD-RW drive to burn a copy to the CD. You can tell because you will get a message saying the you do not have permission. Please keep in mind, not all computers are equal and some may have older CD burners and associated software, so your screens may look somewhat different and behave differently. If you have questions about a screen, press F1 on the keyboard or click the Help button or consult the manufacturer's instructions.

To restore a Legacy family file from a backup copy:

1. Click on File on the menu bar and select Restore Family File. If you get a message that says "All Family Files must be closed before doing a Restore. Would you like to close all Family Files now?" click Yes. The Select a Family File to Restore screen will then open.

2. In the Select a Family File to Restore screen, select the drive, for example a CD or memory stick, where the backup file is located. Next, highlight the family data backup file and click the Open button. The Enter a Name to Restore the Family File as screen will then open.

3. From the Enter a Name to Restore the Family File as screen, specify the drive and folder where you want the restored family file placed (at the top of the screen), next specify the File name (bottom at the bottom of the screen. This should be automatically filled in) and then click Save.