Backing up and Restoring Data

The type of information you enter in Intellect is invaluable for "running your life". If something were to happen to your computer that might cause a data loss, you could have a significant problem. If you value the data you enter in Intellect, it is in your best interest to make backups on a regular basis to protect yourself from the unknown.

A note about Tape Drives: It is important to recognize that most Tape Drives can only backup files that are not in use. If you are a network user and are trusting a Tape Drive to protect your data, you should be aware that if someone leaves Intellect running while the Tape Drive attempts to backup the files, the Tape Drive will be forced to skip the files and will leave you with nothing. It is vital that you protect yourself by using our built-in backup option, even if you also have a Tape Drive.

Intellect makes it very easy for you to backup your data. You can simply choose the Backup Data option under the File menu on the main screen of Intellect. You can also choose an option to have us remind you to backup when you exit the Intellect program. Intellect will compress each of its databases, give them a file extension of .BAK and store them in your current Data Folder with your other Intellect information. The backup files will be named APPT.BAK, PHONE.BAK, TODO.BAK, and NOTES.BAK for your Appointments, Contact Entries, Tasks Items and Memos, respectively. Backup supports both local or common Telephone Books, Tasks and Appointments. Backups can even be made even while other users are working with the data!

When you backup, you are given an opportunity to select a location. The default choice is Local Folder, by which we mean the current location of your actual Intellect data files. You can also choose to have these backup files copied to a new location of your choice. We highly recommend using a removable USB stick memory drive as a backup destination to ensure you still have a copy of your data even if something happens to your computer.

When you restore, you will be given an option to indicate where your Intellect backup files are located. This could be in the Local Folder where the main data files are found or any location you can Browse to.


This help article applies to Intellect 3