RESTORE: How to restore clients

First you need a backup file

There are different types of backup files depending on the program versions:

BAILINE.BAK and BACKUP.BAK are 'client files'.

These files can contain one or more clients

You can create these types of backup files through the menu 'Register: Special: Backup' in newer versions of the Bailine program.

The actual names of the files are not important but we recommend you stick to using names like above when you create a backup.


With newer versions of the BSP program you create a restorable backup file through the menu 'Register: Special: Backup'

You can restore clients from such a file, even while you are working with other clients, through the menu 'Register: Special: Restore'.

The default name for a backup file is 'BAILINE.BAK'. You can change this name but only the 8 first character will be used.

Storing a backup file for a spesific date you may want to name the file as BLYYMMDD, where YY is the year, MM is the month and DD the day, e.g. storing a backup file for March 11, 2010 use the name BL100311.BAK etc.

The client register

BAILINE.DAT is NOT a freely restorable backup file for individual clients.

This file is the main client register. You can use this file for a restore of a COMPLETE client register, however the file would need to be converted to a more flexible format before you can extract individual clients from it.

To convert a BAILINE.DAT file to a restorable client file send the file to tech@bailine.com or you can convert the file yourself by following the instructions found here

Zip files (Windows)

Backup-files are usually transferred by email as zip-files

Zip files are compressed files and such files need to be unpacked before you can use them.

In Windows you can usually double click on the zip file to extract the files it contains.

If double clicking does not work you need to install a zip program in Windows.

We recommend downloading WinRar from www.rarlabs.com.

Zip files (DOS)

(You can avoid having to use DOS-commands by having
both Windows and DOS installed on the same computer)

In DOS you also need to have a zip-program installed.

The backup program found at www.bailine.com/files + program files + backup can be used.

After you have installed this backup program you can 'unzip' e.g. a ZIP file from e.g. a diskette by typing the following commands at the C-prompt:

      MD\BAK [Enter]
      CD\BAK [Enter]
      \PKZIP\PKUNZIP A:* [Enter]

The location of the files extracted from the zip file with the above commands is C:\BAK

To list the files in C:\BAK under DOS you type

      DIR /P [Enter]

To delete all files from C:\BAK you type the following

      DEL C:\BAK\*.* [Enter]

Restoring clients

To restore all or individual clients from a client file you use the menu 'Register: Special: Restore'.

(With older program versions you can only restore individual clients one by one through the menu Register: Special: Open clients from other register)

The program will then ask for you the path (=location) and the name of the backup file.

If you have a backup file BLCIENT.DAT on a diskette the correct path would be:


If you have extracted e.g. a backup file BLCIENT1.DAT to C:\BAK the correct path would be:


Restoring a complete client register

To restore a complete client register you need a BAILINE.DAT file.

(If you don't have this file you can also restore clients from one of more client files. However restoring a register from a BAILINE.DAT file is the only way to restore ALL aspects of the client register)

You have to exit the Bailine program before doing the following.


Under Windows you can just copy the BAILINE.DAT file (your backup) into the folder C:\BAILINE. If the backup file is zipped (bailine.zip) you need to unzip the file first.


If you have made your backup with the copy command you type the following


If you have made your backup with the \BAILINE\BACKUP command you type:

      CD\BAILINE [Enter]
      \PKZIP\PKUNZIP A:* [Enter]

Answer Yes + [Enter] if the program ask you if you want to overwrite files, you will get that question if you use the same disk more than once.

Verify that you receive the message '1 file(s) copied' for each command.

For further information refer to www.bailine.com/faq