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I would suggest replacing the bastard (are we really talking like 
this? :-) ) with MySQL or perhaps even better MariaDb (mebbe even 

You can do this on Windows or Linux or even Mac (I imagine).  Also 
install phpMyAdmin (which also works with Maria I think) to give you 
ease of access and control.

To make data security even better then perhaps something like 
MySQLDumper to make regular backups would be good.

Then tell Base to talk to the database you've installed.  Get your 
data out of your backups and put it into the new database.  Base may 
make that really easy as, I think, you can have two Base databases, 
one the old one the new, and drag tables across from the old to the 
new (... but don't quote me on that).

From the "using Base" end of things practically nothing will have 
changed.  Your forms, queries, reports, &tc will work just the same 
way (once you've hooked them up to the new data in the new database), 
but you'll have your data in a much more robust environment that you 
can easily, regularly back up.

For this much installation and use you'll have very little new to 
learn (phpMyAdmin makes it really simple, as does MySQLDumper).  
There may be other things you'd like to delve into, but that's an 
added bonus.

Mark Stanton
One small step for mankind...

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