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Clisp Studio - Secondary Backup

Clisp Studio - Secondary Backup

Mar 30 2016

Clisp Studio - Secondary Backup

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Clisp Studio can create a secondary backup of the data captured as a test is running. The secondary backup is a file stored outside of Clisp Studio and can be used to recover data after a computer hardware failure.

The backup process can be turned on or off depending on the user’s requirements. VJ Tech would recommend this is turned on for all tests with the exception of CS Dyna and CS DynaDSS tests.

The backup process can be set to store the files created to any storage location the computer has access too. This could be the computer’s hard drive, a USB memory stick, an external hard drive or a network location.

VJ Tech would recommend that the backup files are sent to a location other than the computer’s hard drive so that in the event of a total hardware failure on the computer it will be more likely that data can be recovered. Caution should be used if a network location is selected as if the network is turnoff at any point then the backup process will not happen.

Turning on the Secondary Backup

The secondary back process in Clisp Studio is turned on by default in Clisp versions newer than In versions older than this the backup process will need to be turned on by the user.

To turn on the backup process first go to the Settings menu and then select the Customise option.

In the window that opens find the section called Secondary Backup.

To turn on the secondary backup process in Clisp Studio set the “Save data to backup file” option to true. By setting this option to false the secondary backup is turned off.

Where are the secondary backup files stored?

The location where the secondary backup files are stored is set by the “Backup Folder path” in the Customise options in the settings menu.

When this is blank, as it will be if no location is set by the user, and the backup is turned on; then the backup files will be stored in the Clisp Studio Folder located on the hard drive on your computer; within the Program Files folder. Note this may be in a folder called Program Files or Program Files (x86) depending on the operating system you are using.

A specific backup location can be set, such as an external hard drive, by selecting the “Backup Folder path” option in Clisp Studio; once this is selected press the box with 3 dots highlighted in figure 5.

The following window will open where you can select any location on the computer to store the secondary backup files. Once the location has been selected, press OK and any backup files created will be stored in this location.

The Backup files are .csv files; a file will be created for each schedule of a test that has been run and data has been recorded for.

The files are named in the following way:


Restoring Data to a Test from the Secondary Backup

To restore data to a test from the secondary backup the secondary backup file must be imported back into Clisp Studio. To do this first open the test in Clisp Studio.

The data is restored to the test by importing data into the data tables for each schedule.

To do this open the relevant data table in Clisp Studio where you wish the data to be restored to.

On the table, using the mouse, right-click the square in the top left hand corner of the table.

A menu will open, select the option Import.

A warning message will appear as this process will overwrite any existing data in the table. If you are happy to overwrite the data then press OK. Otherwise press cancel to stop the importing process.

If OK is pressed, a window like figure 12 will open. Find the file of the secondary backup you want to import. Once the file has been found, select it and press OK. The file will be imported into Clisp Studio and the data will appear in the table.

You will need to perform this process for each schedule of the test where you need to recover the data.

After the data has been imported it is recommend the test is recalculated by pressing the recalculate button in the specimen details section of the test assistant.

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About VJ Tech

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VJ Tech equipment has helped to ensure the longevity and safety of major constructions including:

  • London’s Canary Wharf, Millennium Dome and Jubilee Line tube extension
  • Malaysia’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers
  • Dubai’s Palm Islands.
  • and many more...


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