1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 17, 2012 10:50 AM by BruceHerbach

    File merger

      I am working with Filemaker 11.v3. Two years ago I purged my data base of all info prior to 2009 and saved it in another database file. I now would like to merge both data bases back into 1 as I am about to sell my company and would like all my history in one file. Can that be done and how?

        • 1. Re: File merger



          If the data structure is the same ( or very close ) for the old data and the new data,  then you may be able to use Goya's refreshFM product.  It is intended to merge data.  The ususal intent is to move current data into a new version,  but should work just as well pulling in old data. ( I think )  Check out the web site  http://www.goya.com.au/refreshfm 


          If you have questions ask them,  I have found that Nick has been very helpful when I had questions about BaseElements.


          The other method is to manually import the data. 


          One thing to check no matter what method you use is to make sure the keys don't overlap.  If when you purged the data,  you reset the auto-enter value for the primary keys for your data,  the old/purged data and the curren data will have the same key values.  This will pose a serious problem.  There may be ways around this,  but that could involve a lot more work then just importing data.


          Of course the easiest, is to just provide the old file and tell the buyer that old data is in this file and the new data in that file.  Your idea is much more attractive/easier for the buyer of your company.  I am assuming that you were concerned about peformace with all of the old data in the file, hence the purge.  The new owner may end up with the same concerne down the road.


          Best of luck with the sale of your company.