Capital Flow 3.7 (any variety)

Transferring Your Data to a New Computer

If you purchase a new computer, it is possible to transfer your existing settings for Capital Flow 3.7 to the new computer with a few steps. The most effective way to transfer one database to another is by copying the compressed backup made by Capital Flow. This ensures that all 9 data files that compose the database will be synchronized after the copy.

The files "dataA.zip" and "dataB.zip" in your "C:\Capflow" directory (assuming that is where you installed Capital Flow 3.7) are made on an alternating basis when you either exit the program and elect to back up your files, or when you select "Utility  /  Flush Data to Disk" from the Capital Flow menu. To get the most recent backup possible, manually do a "Flush to Disk" right before the data transfer.

If you have support personnel in your office, or you are familiar with transferring files from one machine to another, this may be all the information you need. If not, read further.

For more detailed explanations of the process, please follow the directions below according to your particular situation:

Case 1: 
Old Computer: Computer on the same network as the new computer.
New Computer: Computer on the same network as the old computer.

Close Capital Flow if it is running.

This is the easiest case. It involves copying the most recent of the two files ("dataA.zip" and "dataB.zip") to the new computer over the network and then unzipping the 9 data files therein contained to the Capital Flow directory (normally "C:\Capflow"). If you have Windows XP you should be able to unzip the files just by opening the .zip file and dragging the enclosed files to the Capital Flow directory. If you do not have Windows XP or above, it's time to get a new machine.

This should produce identical databases on both computers.

Case 2: 
Old Computer: CD burner (writer) on machine.
New Computer: CD reader on machine.

Put a blank CD-R disk in your CD burner on the old machine. Then, using your CD burner software (or just Windows, if you have Windows XP on this machine) burn a CD with the following data:
        The more recent of the dataA.zip or dataB.zip files, located in your Capital Flow program directory (normally "C:\Capflow")

Now go to the new computer and put the burned CD into your CD drive. In the Windows Explorer, double click on the file on the CD that you created. This should open the file in either the Windows Explorer (if you have Windows XP), or WinZip. 

Extract the files to the Capital Flow program directory (normally "C:\Capflow").

Your new computer should now have the same data as your old computer.

Case 3:
Old Computer: NO CD burner, computer NOT on a network. Computer DOES have internet access.
New Computer: Computer DOES have internet access.

This case involves using resources that you may have to ask your network or ISP administrator for assistance in using. Basically it involves sending the Capital Flow backup file (either "dataA.zip" or "dataB.zip") to an FTP server, or as a last resort to an email address that can be accessed by the new machine. Be aware that sending large files by email could overflow your email space limit and require you to ask your ISP to reset your account or delete the file manually.

Now to get the file on to the new machine. If you are using FTP, use the FTP software on the new machine to download from the server to a location that you can remember easily. If you are using email, check your email on the new machine and use the "save attachments" function to save the file to an easily remembered location on the hard drive.

Once the zipped (compressed) file is on the new machine, unzip the 9 data files it contains to the Capital Flow program directory (normally "C:\Capflow"). If you are using WinZip, be sure to click ON the "Overwrite Existing" checkbox, and click OFF the "Use Folder Information" checkbox. This should complete the process. The new machine should now have identical data to the old computer.