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Thanks Alex and Girvin.

(Sorry finger trouble - I know it's /var and not /ver!!)

I have accepted what has happened and am busy re-building my DB from scratch! IMHO it is still WRONG to store Data in an area that gets overwritten every time you do a upgrade or re-install. In over 30 years in computers I have never seen this before!!! Maybe on big Mainframe set-ups but defiantly not on Home Computer systems. I will look into re-directing the data to a safer location once I have my DB back in one piece!!

The mistake I made was not knowing about this so when I re-installed my OpSys it formatted the area where the DB was stored so no chance of getting back at it!!

Girvin - I hear what you say about RTFM!! BUT - I would qualify this, It is something I have always recommended and do practice but in this case I'm just a "user". I want to set-up a DB and use it on a daily basis. I don't need, or am interested in, at this stage, becoming an SQL expert. Therin lies a big difference I think!!

So current situation - I managed to get MyAdmin working again by Flushing the Grant Tables so have set-up my new SQL DB, have linked it to Base and am currently trying to get my CSV data into it. I guess a week or twos work ahead of me at least and then, as I said, I will look into how to move the whole thing to a SAFE location.

Thanks for all the great help guys - it's greatly appreciated here!!

Regards from a nice hot South Africa!!

Pretoria RSA.

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