Backing up and moving WinTOTAL without Titan Drive
This document outlines the process of moving WinTOTAL Aurora without using Titan Drive.
Document 5000 | Last updated: 05/28/2015 KMG
These instructions are for backing up and moving WinTOTAL without Titan Drive. If you're looking for instructions on backing up and moving WinTOTAL using Titan Drive, click here.
The processes and tools required to back up WinTOTAL without the Titan Drive vary widely from one network or office setup to the next and often involve multiple 3rd party utilities. Our support staff cannot aid you with this process. If you're comfortable performing the backup and restore processes yourself, the general process is as follows:
If you're moving Aurora to a new server, follow the steps below on both your old and new server. Afterwards, you'll need to consult the WinTOTAL Networking Guide to get the workstations networked to the new server. Click here to download the WinTOTAL Networking Guide. Click here to see a video for getting Aurora installed and configured for the first time.
Before getting started, make sure that WinTOTAL is installed on the computer where you plan to transfer your data. Click here to log in to your account and begin the download, or click here for step-by-step instructions on downloading and installing WinTOTAL.
Next, download and install any WinTOTAL updates on the new PC. Go to Start, [All] Programs, WinTOTAL, and select Instant Customer Update.
If you're using Windows 8, press the Windows key + R on your keyboard, copy and paste C:\a la mode\WinTOTAL\updwiz.exe in the Run window that opens, and click OK.
Once you've finished installing your updates, run WinTOTAL's database verification scripts to ensure your new computer is on the latest database version:
Once WinTOTAL has finished verifying its databases, close any windows that were left open and continue with the section below.
This portion of the process is broken up into two parts: Backing up your databases and backing up your WinTOTAL data. Remember that this portion of the process is performed on the computer that contains all of your WinTOTAL data.
Keep in mind that Titan Drive can do this for you automatically, ensuring you always have a backup copy of your databases.
If you're uncomfortable following these steps without assistance, consider using Titan Drive instead, so you can easily back up and restore your data. Click here for more information and pricing options for Titan Drive.
Now you’ll need to browse for your two database files and the four WinTOTAL folders and copy them to your portable storage device. We’ll start with your database files:
If you're using a 64-bit version of Windows you'll use the same paths listed above, but instead of looking for a Program Files folder, you'll look for Program Files (x86) and then continue with the rest of the path.
Now you just need to back up your WinTOTAL folders.
If you also need to move your TOTAL Sketch labels and settings, click here for more information.
Before moving your data to the new PC, make sure you have installed WinTOTAL, downloaded and installed any updates, and ran your database verification scripts. For instructions on this process, click here to return to that section at the beginning of this document. Then, continue below:
If you're using a 64‑bit version of Windows you'll use the same paths listed above, but instead of looking for a Program Files folder, you'll look for Program Files (x86) and then continue with the rest of the path.
Now, you just need to restore your databases on the new computer using the Tech Support Assistant:
When the progress bar disappears, you're finished! Just close the Tech Support Assistant and open WinTOTAL. All of the data from WinTOTAL on your previous PC is now available on your new computer. Remember, if you followed this guide to move servers, you'll need to utilize the WinTOTAL Networking Guide to get your workstations back up and running. Click here to download the WinTOTAL Networking Guide.