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Restore My FH Project File to a Relative's Computer

Post by BobWard » 13 Jun 2017 16:48

My nephew just bought a new Windows 10 PC. He plans to do the online purchase of Family Historian in the next few days.

His goal is to upload my FH project file in order to get an instant family tree database. I use Win7Pro.

It would seem that all I have to do is to send him a copy of my current FH Full Backup zip file. So, he would then just open his copy of FH and chose the Restore option and select my zip file and he should then have my FH project database. I realize that he would not have any of my customizations by going this route, but he will probably want to do his own customizations anyway.

Have I missed anything here in what appears to be a simple transfer of a project file to a relative?

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Re: Restore My FH Project File to a Relative's Computer

Post by Jane » 13 Jun 2017 17:27

That's it. The full backup will include everything other than your custom items.
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Re: Restore My FH Project File to a Relative's Computer

Post by tatewise » 13 Jun 2017 19:45

You might need to think about your customisations that he may need.

Have you defined any Custom Facts or added any Witness Roles or just refined some Sentence Templates?
Without those, some facts may not be presented very well, even on the Facts tab, never mind in Reports and Diagrams.

Also to include those Facts in Reports and Diagrams he may need advice from you about your customisations.

Are there any custom Property Box Tabs that he may need in order to manage any of your data?

Beyond those, you are probably correct that he can manage without your customisations to begin with.
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Re: Restore My FH Project File to a Relative's Computer

Post by BobWard » 13 Jun 2017 20:58

I have created Custom Facts for some events. Will those not come across with a Restore from a Full Backup zip file?

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Post by tatewise » 13 Jun 2017 22:29

The raw Custom Fact data per person will come across, but the Tools > Fact Types definition will not.
Similarly for any Witness Roles you have created.

So the Narrative Sentence will be poorly constructed and other features undefined.
e.g.
If the Custom Fact were a Registration Event then the sentence will default to He experienced registration ...
The Normal Time Frame would be undefined, and any Witness Roles would be undefined.

Also it will not be obvious how to add such an undefined Custom Fact to another person, because it will not appear in the Fact Types list, unless Show Hidden is ticked.

But also any other changes you have made to standard facts will not exist.

What you need to do is use File > Import/Export > Export > Fact Set for each Fact Set you have customised, both Standard and Custom, then your relative can Import them.
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Re: Restore My FH Project File to a Relative's Computer

Post by BobWard » 13 Jun 2017 22:55

Well then, I guess I should just use the procedures outlined in "migrating my files to a new computer" and have him follow that protocol so that all my customizations come across properly and nothing gets lost in the migration. I will have to brush up on that procedure and tell him to do likewise.

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Re: Restore My FH Project File to a Relative's Computer

Post by BobWard » 14 Jun 2017 15:10

Mike, I just ran the Backup & Restore Family Historian Settings Plug-In to get a current backup of my FH settings.

It ran to successful completion to my internal hard drive (C:). However, when I tried to set the Plug-In backup path to my external hard drive, I get the attached message about "no write access". I save FH Full Backups to this external drive on a daily basis with no warnings about "write access" problems.

Is there some option on the Plug-In that I need to select in order to allow it to write to my external hard drive?
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Post by NigelBrown » 14 Jun 2017 16:20

Bob,

Comparing your screenshot with my settings, you should tick to "Allow Restore Registry Data".

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Re: Restore My FH Project File to a Relative's Computer

Post by tatewise » 14 Jun 2017 16:46

The Allow Restore Registry Data option has absolutely nothing to do with Backup Data folder permissions.

I suspect you do NOT have write access to the root of the E:\ drive, which usually needs special Administrator privileges.

I suspect you save your FH Backups to some folder within that E: drive and not directly to the root.

I advise you choose the same folder where you save your FH Backups.

If Tools > Preferences > Backup > Default Backup Folder is set to that folder on your E: drive then the Backup and Restore FH Settings Plugin should default to using that folder.
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Re: Restore My FH Project File to a Relative's Computer

Post by BobWard » 14 Jun 2017 20:10

Yep, that was the problem, Mike. It was originally trying to write to the root of my E drive. After I created an "FH Settings Backup" folder under the root of drive E, everything proceeded without any further issues.
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