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Backing Up Program Work Files

Backup Overview

You should run regular backups of your computer to avoid catastrophic loss in the event of a Windows crash or lost computer. This page lists the folder path locations of folders that should be backed up in order to recover our programs from a crash. Preferably backup files to an external disk device or cloud backup.

If you do not already have Backup software, Cobian Backup (free, open source program) has an excellent feature set. It can be scheduled to run automatic backups.

Backup Program Settings

The program settings file is located in the Application Data folder. This folder path location is different for every user, and differs by OS (Windows XP vs Windows® 10/8/7/Vista ). The best way to find this folder is with our Application Diagnostic Tool. The View Program Information Action of the Application Diagnostic Tool will list the physical folder path location of the Application Data folder. The program settings file is the file that ends in "State.dat" (ex Sound MillV2 State.dat). If more than one user on the computer uses the program, each user will have his/her own Application Data folder.

Backup User Documents

Your user work documents (SoundLists, MediaLists, etc) are typically in the Windows User Documents folder in a subfolder named with the program name (ex. "%User-Docs-Path%\Documents\Sound Mill"). You may be using a different user documents folder if you changed it in the program Options dialog. The Application Diagnostic Tool Action listed above also lists the physical folder path location of the User Documents folder.

If your backup software needs the physical path of your Windows User Documents folder, the Application Diagnostic Tool action in the step above will list the physical path of this folder.

Backup Media Files

Any media files (audio, video, images, external programs, etc.) that you use with the program, should be backed up.

Program Backup

If a Windows crash has wiped out your installed programs, simply reinstall the program from the original program installer file. Check our Website to ensure that you have the latest version and maintenance release of the program installer.