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Archiving and restoring a survey

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Backing up your survey and the data responses is an essential part of managing your surveys and helps to prevent loss of data in case of any problems. Backups of surveys created in Snap Desktop can be performed with or without the response data.

Back-ups of a survey and its response data are done using the Archive and Restore option in the Survey Overview window. Archive creates a back-up of the selected survey. Archived surveys are stored in files with the extension .adf (Archived Data File). Restore uses the archived survey file to create or update a survey with the backed-up version.

Archive and Restore are only available for offline surveys. When backing-up an online survey it must be cloned as an offline survey first. Further details of cloning are available at Cloning a survey.

Archiving an offline survey

  1. On the Survey Overview toolbar, click Offline Surveys 6.OfflineSurveysIcon.png to show the offline surveys.
Survey overview window showing the offline surveys
  1. If you can’t find the survey you want to move, click Browse to locate your offline survey. When you find the folder containing the survey, select it and click open.
  2. In the Survey Overview window, select the offline survey that you want to archive.
  3. Click Archive ArchiveIcon.png to access the Archive Survey dialog.
Archive the survey
  1. A default file name and path are automatically generated. You can change these by entering a new file name or clicking Browse to locate a file.
  2. In Options, select Include Raw Data to archive the raw response data. The archive file will include both the survey and raw response data.
  3. If you have archived the survey before, you are asked whether you want to replace it. Click Yes to replace the file.
  4. A message confirming the survey has been archived is displayed. Click OK.

Restoring an offline survey

  1. On the Survey Overview toolbar, click Offline Surveys 6.OfflineSurveysIcon.png to show the offline surveys.
Survey overview window showing the offline surveys
  1. If you can’t find the survey you want to move, click Browse to locate your offline survey. When you find the folder containing the survey, select it and click open.
  2. In the Survey Overview window, select the offline survey that you want to restore.
  3. Click Restore RestoreIcon.png to access the Restore survey dialog.
  4. The Archive File Name defaults to the last archive file name used. If this is not the correct file, click Browse to find the required archive file.
  5. Select Survey Definitions to restore the survey. Select Raw Data to restore the response data.
Restore an archived survey
  1. Click OK. If the survey already exists in the current directory, select which action to carry out. Rename, to create a new copy of the survey; Overwrite to overwrite the existing survey and Cancel to return to the Restore survey dialog.
Restoring a survey that already exists
  1. A confirmation message is shown when the survey has been restored from the archive. Click OK to finish.
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