Backing Up The THERAPIST
Alternate Backup and Restore

The THERAPIST for DOS Version 3.x

For the best and safest backup always use the Alternate Backup and Restore located under Maintenance > External Modules, not the Backup and Restore located under Maintenance > Backup and Restore. Key advantages of the Alternate Backup procedure over the one on the Maintenance menu are:

  • The Alternate Backup can be used to Import your data to the Windows versions of The THERAPIST.
  • The Alternate Backup uses fewer disks.
  • The Alternate Backup is much faster.

If the Alternate Backup and Restore options are not already in Maintenance > External Modules menu, you may need to insert them. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select Maintenance > External Modules.
  2. Press insert to add a new module.
  3. For the description, type Alternate Backup and PBACKUP as the command line.
  4. Press Enter again to complete the screen.
  5. Press insert again to add the alternate restore.
  6. Type Alternate Restore as the description and PRESTORE as the command line.
  7. Press Enter again to complete the screen.

If you are not able to create these options or if they don't do anything, you may need to download the files listed below. These files must be in The THERAPIST for DOS program folder, usually c:\THERAPY3. After downloading these files to your computer please follow the steps listed above to enable these options within your copy of The THERAPIST for DOS.

The Alternate backup and restore items on your External Modules menu call MS-DOS batch files (PBackup.bat and PRestore.bat respectively). These batch files make use of PKZip® to compress your data files and store them on one or more floppy disks. PKZip is a software program from PKWare web site. The download is a self-extracting compressed file. You will need to run it and place at least PKZip.exe and PKUnzip.exe in The THERAPIST for DOS program folder.

SECURITY NOTE:  Because all three download files are executable, your browser may alert you that they could contain viruses. These files have been checked and do not contain viruses, worms, or other malicious programs. They are safe to download.

Download Pbackup
Download Prestore
Download PKZip for DOS

Remember anything you backup using Alternate Backup will have to restored using Alternate Restore, anything you backup with the regular backup will need to be restored using the regular restore.

The THERAPIST for DOS Version 4.0

In version 4.0, the standard backup and restore have been replaced with the PKZip based Alternate Backup so there is nothing special you need to do. Just use the Backup and Restore from the Maintenance menu.