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#1 Peggy

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 10:51 PM

My friend has some old zip files on a thumb drive, probably made from Windows PAF.     She lost all the data on her computer, and these zip files have the data that is no longer on her computer. 

 

I know this isn't exactly a RM question, but she will be using RM if we can ever recover her data.  

 

Any suggestions on what to do with these zip files?

 

Peggy

 



#2 Laura

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 04:54 AM

Use a zip program and unzip the file.

If the unzipped file is a PAF database file or gedcom file, create a new database in RootsMagic.

Go to File, Import and import the file.

Check PAF if the file is a PAF database or Gedcom if the file is a gedcom.

#3 Peggy

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 12:45 PM

Thanks, Laura.

I discovered that when you made a backup from the old PAF, the backups were zip files!!!   I opened my old PAF, restored from the zip files, then exported as a gedcom.   Job done!!!    Thanks much.

 

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#4 Laura

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 02:08 PM

Backups made in RM also zips the database file and restoring the file in RM unzips it.

#5 KenCRoy

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 05:40 AM

Thanks, Laura.

I discovered that when you made a backup from the old PAF, the backups were zip files!!!   I opened my old PAF, restored from the zip files, then exported as a gedcom.   Job done!!!    Thanks much.

 

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I believe RootsMagic solved the issue of importing old PAF versions directly, so you would not necessarily need to create a GEDCOM export.



#6 protomik

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 03:12 AM

I have the same problem with OP and I managed to recover the data with a quite nice data recovery program.