Hmmm, I don't think so. I've done this hundreds of times. But the strange thing is when I used another back up it lost all its files too. I have no idea what has happened. I have one more back up left but I'm afraid to open it.
Is there a service anywhere that could help me. I've found a couple on line, but would really like someone with a reference.
Thanks for the response.
Thank you for your post!
It sounds like you are going to Open Recent in the Application, but the file path has changed. Otherwise, you may be trying to open shortcuts to the file and the file has moved.
I'm going to move this thread from the FileMaker Community Feedback Space (which is specifically for input on the Community itself) to the Discussions Space where you should receive more views and potentially more feedback on this topic!
if you look on the USB stick, do you see your files, *.fmp12, or something else ?
If you go the directory on the computer where your files are supposed to be, do you see them ?
Thank you so much for your answer. It looks like my software is corrupt. I'm contacting the company to see what can be done.
Thank you again.
Corrupt: there is no reason to believe this.
Contacting which company? Your employer? FileMaker? The company that makes the USB stick?
If you don't launch FileMaker and just look at the files on the USB stick, do you see the files that you expect?
The error that you describe can simply be due to external data source references that are trying to find a file that is now at a different location or that has a different file name--things that can easily be different once you copy files from one location to another.
"I was upating some files and then I copied everything to a Usb stick. I was then going to print labels and all my files were gone"
In the event the files are truly "gone"
-if you copied the files then the original file should still be on the computer where you copied it from. Navigate and look for those files on the original device using search features and wildcard " *.fmp13" or whatever the extension was.
-If you did a "cut & paste" of those files would be "removed" from the original location to the USB drive. In this case the files can be recovered using free recovery software from either the original device or the USB stick so as long as you haven't overwritten that information
-Make sure hard drive of computer isnt failing for some reason. e.x bad sectors, corrupt MBR etc...
-Do not restart your computer or try to access files . Malicious software such as Ransomware can/will rewrite filenames and extensions of any files you may have on your device which in turn will break the save location reference and block all future access to those files
Thank you all for your answers. I downloaded the software again and reinstalled. I can now open a saved recovered data base. before the data base said .fmpsl not .fmp12.
Still having an issue but I can open my files.
.fmpsl is the file extension for a snapshot link and trying to open it from your thumb drive would definitely produce the error that you reported.
All of the backups and the file on my computer said that. Never had a problem before. But relieved I have the database back again.
I can only think of two ways that is possible from within FileMaker:
Save/Send Records as Snapshot Link was used instead of Save A Copy.
A script was used to save the back up copy and it specifies the wrong file extension as part of the file name in a file path variable.
All are fmpsl files?
Sorry, no, that is not possible. What were the file sizes of those "backup" files.
The fmpsl files merely are pointers or links which cause the actual files to be opened; wherever they are.