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Osteoware: Standardized Skeletal Documentation Software

Migrating data to another computer...

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I recently received this question via email to the webmaster address (please post to the forum next time for faster reply...):

I put in a large amount of data from a site that I'll be working at shortly, but when I copy the ProData folder and paste it to another computer to transfer the data, the data doesn't show up, as if it wasn't copied.  Is there something that I'm doing wrong? I'd really like to be able to get the data to another computer so I can take it to the field with me.

Thank you for your time!

Let me understand what you are doing first.  You have a working copy of Osteoware on a computer ‘X’, and have entered data into the database via Osteoware on  computer-X.   You then copied and moved the Protdata folder (via USB drive perhaps?) to another computer ‘Y’, and placed it within the Osteoware folder of that computer-Y. 

I assume you have a working copy of Osteoware on computer-Y installed directly on the C-drive?

If the computer-Y install of Osteoware was never used to enter data, i.e. the Protdata folder should be empty, then simply delete the computer-Y’s Protdata folder prior to inserting the folder with your valuable data.

Using a USB drive ‘drag and drop’ the Protdata folder from comp-X to USB, then ‘drag and drop’ the Protdata folder from the USB to comp-Y.

Better yet, since comp-X’s Osteoware install was known to work, then drag the whole Osteware software folder over to comp-Y’s C-drive (delete the old install first--just drag it to the trash and empty trash).

I’ve relocated the Protdata folder several times on different networked drives here at the Smithsonian and never had a problem.  Things to look out for though:

1)      Make sure Osteoware is actually working on the destination computer-Y

2)      Make sure that the folder is named properly, I noticed your spelling “ProData” is off in your email

3)      Make sure you didn’t inadvertently ‘nest’ the Protdata folder within another folder, it has happened…

4)      Make sure the Osteoware folder isn’t itself nested inside another folder!  That has happened…

5)      Make sure you copied over the files for the database tables, not just the folder

6)      Make sure the same number of files are in each folder, one may have been left out of the transfer

7)      Is the drive letter different between systems?  i.e. was one computer C:\ and the other  G:\  or something else?  If so, I can provide a solution…

Let me know how it goes.



Edited by: Forum Admin on 07/17/2012 - 13:18
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That is good to know!