3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 20, 2009 6:09 AM by DaveB

    Deleting Password

    DaveB

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      Deleting Password

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      We are attempting to export data from a FP5 database from one of our satellite offices into an excel file.  However, when attempting the export we are asked for password to allow us to access this function.  The password was set up by an employee who no longer is with the company.  Is there any way possible to get past the password issue.  We are attempting to pull all 3 of our offices together under 1 program but we're having problems doing so because of the unknown password.  Any insight or tips would be appreciated.

        • 1. Re: Deleting Password
          philmodjunk
            

          Option 1:

           

          Have your lawyer contact your former employee and get the password. I suspect you can threaten legal action if he/she refuses.

           

          Option 2:

           

          FMP 5 is a pretty old version, but there used to be "Password Cracking" utilities that would either extract an existing password or insert a new one. If you can find one of these on the web somewheres you might use it to pry open the database. I wouldn't then try to use the "hacked" database file, but you if your only reason to do this is to export the data one time, it shouldn't be a problem.

          • 2. Re: Deleting Password
            ninja
              

            PhilModJunk wrote:

             

            Option 2:

             

            FMP 5 is a pretty old version, but there used to be "Password Cracking" utilities that would either extract an existing password or insert a new one. If you can find one of these on the web somewheres you might use it to pry open the database. I wouldn't then try to use the "hacked" database file, but you if your only reason to do this is to export the data one time, it shouldn't be a problem.


            Hopefully not necessary to say, but let's say it anyway:

            Make good backups of the file first so you don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

             

            Option 3:

            Have you tried building another Dbase that you have full access to and importing the data from the old one?  If exporting is blocked, chances are high that 'importing from' is also blocked by the same action...but it's worth a try.


            • 3. Re: Deleting Password
              DaveB
                

              Thanks for the input.  We're still working on trying to find a "workable" solution to the problem.  We did try creating a new database by converting it over to FP9 but the password is still hanging in there.

               

              Thanks again.