Using the fast create option
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The fast create button is available only from within the Data Manager utility.  It is used to create a new database without any taxonomic records.  It does not use the "CBSample.bak" file as a template the way the normal create button does.

Here is the window you use to specify the new database name:


Field name Description

Data source name

The ODBC name used when opening the database. By default this is the name of your computer. Choose a more appropriate name.


Additional descriptive text to help you distinguish one database from another.

Database name

The Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine name. You will not use this name except in this window. This name is restricted to alphabetic characters.

Where should the database files be placed?

Choose a disk and directory name where the database will be placed. Each database consists of two files: a data file (with the extension .mdf) and a log file (with the extension of .ldf)

Initial size of data file (Mb)

The data file will grow in size as you add more specimen. It is safe to accept the default value of 60. Change this only if you know your database will be much larger or much smaller.

Initial size of log file (Mb)

The log file is used during lengthy import/export operations to safely stage the updating of your database. Accept the default value in all cases.

Authorization ID

This is fixed at �Catalog� so that you will not be prompted for authorization each time you start the software.

Authorization Password

This is fixed at �Catalog� so that you will not be prompted for authorization each time you start the software.


There are several things to watch out for

All database names must be different from one another.



Most of the special characters on the keyboard are not allowed in either the ODBC name or the database name.

The first character must be a letter from A to Z (numbers and underscores are allowed in the rest of the name.)



If you see this message, you�ve either specified an invalid name, or you don�t have enough disk space for the new database, or the disk is read-only.


See also

   The difference between database files and backup files

   Moving your database files

   Attaching a database from a previous installation

   The database version control utility

   Special database issues

Last reviewed March 25, 2004   


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