help on Rapidefile File

help on Rapidefile File

Post by c_colla.. » Wed, 22 Dec 1999 04:00:00



After a crash on a very old computer, I have only RapideFile files...
Not the software....
How can I get the data ?
The target is to extract the data and put theyre in an ASCII format for
loading later in a new database.

I had try access (1.1 and 2.0) Quattro, lotus, visual dbase paradox...
without success...
If someone had a good Idea....

Thank's a lot in advance
Christian Collaine

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help on Rapidefile File

Post by Ed Gu » Wed, 22 Dec 1999 04:00:00



> After a crash on a very old computer, I have only RapideFile files...
> Not the software....
> How can I get the data ?
> The target is to extract the data and put theyre in an ASCII format for
> loading later in a new database.

> I had try access (1.1 and 2.0) Quattro, lotus, visual dbase paradox...
> without success...
> If someone had a good Idea....

Not familiar with that format, but a fair number of people have been able to extract
data from various old files using ParseRat (http://www.guysoftware.com/parserat.htm).  
You'll need to use its "binary" option and employ a little (assisted) trial and error to
identify the header length (if any), record length, field boundaries and encoding
scheme.

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help on Rapidefile File

Post by MAKAH » Thu, 23 Dec 1999 04:00:00


I  believe Rapid File was taken over by Borland.  So you might try contacting
Borland/Inprise for information.  Good luck!
 
 
 

help on Rapidefile File

Post by Steve Koters » Thu, 23 Dec 1999 04:00:00



Quote:>I  believe Rapid File was taken over by Borland.  So you might try contacting
>Borland/Inprise for information.  Good luck!

Yes, but it was totally discontinued within two years of the Ashton-Tate
acquisition (as was Framework). The main purpose of buying Aston-Tate was
to get the rights, technology, and human expertise of dBASE. That along
with dBXL produced dBASE for Windows.

Borland does not have any RapidFile resources. No experienced people (so no
technical advice to give), no replacement media, no nothing.

Some older versions of dBASE were able to import RapidFile data files. This
was done with the IMPORT command. Aside from that, the original poster
might consider one of the commercial data translation utilities available
(such as Data Junction) and translate the data to a format that one of his
existing programs will recognize.

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