Re: Saving / BACKING UP your files

Williams, G (af8c)

I have added additional information.  Use it in Windows  (7 through 10) to make a COMMAND PROMPT or Windows clickable  .BAT file which will create copies of useful files in your WSJT-X data path. These commands will create copies of your files with additional datestamp and  timestamp information appended to the file copies but will not disturb your original files.   Run the  set every so often when you want to make sure you have backups of your active WSJT-X data files.

These commands are NOT  compatible with LINUX, MAC, Raspberry PI, etc.


Copy these to a text file (.TXT)  of some name.  With a text editor like NOTEPAD, remove or remark out ("rem") lines  you don't want.  Also remove "rem" on the "cd" command to enable the cd command if you want to place the .BAT file outside  the WSJT-X data folder.  The syntax of the commands is very specific so be careful not to disturb the esoteric details!

( FYI Your %LOCALAPPDATA% path name is found by  running the "set" command in a COMMAND PROMPT window.  What you will view will be the contents of the system environment  variables.)

When you are done editing the text file, rename it  or copy it to some name with the .BAT extension instead of .TXT and place the .BAT file either in or out  of the WSJT-X folder. You can also make a desktop shortcut for the .BAT file if you want just to run it from the windows desktop .

Finally, IMPORTANT,  EXIT closed all WSJT-X applications  BEFORE running the BAT file!  Leave no WSJT-X processes running when you execute the set of commands!

HINT:  you can use this method carefully to make backup copies of any of your data files, WSJT_X or not.

It goes without saying that if your WSJT-X data files are large, you do not want to make too many backup copies on your system drive.   These commands will take some time to execute if you computer is older and slower.



copy all.txt  all_%DATE:~-10,2%%DATE:~-7,2%%DATE:~-4,4%_%TIME:~0,2%%TIME:~3,2%%TIME:~6,2%.txt

copy db.sqlite db_%DATE:~-10,2%%DATE:~-7,2%%DATE:~-4,4%_%TIME:~0,2%%TIME:~3,2%%TIME:~6,2%.sqlite

copy FoxQso.txt FoxQso_%DATE:~-10,2%%DATE:~-7,2%%DATE:~-4,4%_%TIME:~0,2%%TIME:~3,2%%TIME:~6,2%.txt

copy wsjtx.log  wsjtx_%DATE:~-10,2%%DATE:~-7,2%%DATE:~-4,4%_%TIME:~0,2%%TIME:~3,2%%TIME:~6,2%.log

copy wsjtx_log.adi wsjtx_log_%DATE:~-10,2%%DATE:~-7,2%%DATE:~-4,4%_%TIME:~0,2%%TIME:~3,2%%TIME:~6,2%.adi

copy wsjt-x.ini wsjt-x_%DATE:~-10,2%%DATE:~-7,2%%DATE:~-4,4%_%TIME:~0,2%%TIME:~3,2%%TIME:~6,2%.ini


--73, Glenn, AF8C

On 9/24/2020 4:41 PM, Williams, G (af8c) via wrote:
You should be able to make date and/or time extensions when backing up log files to new names as backups.  Follow the instructions in

Especially do this for any contesting, etc.

--73, Glenn, AF8C

On 9/19/2020 3:57 PM, JP Tucson, AZ via wrote:
Ok folks - there are a lot of you seeming to not understand that stuff happens and that YOU  - NEED TO - back up your files on a regular basis - otherwise you risk losing tons of work over months/years of QSO's!

There are 2 files you should back up -
The wsjtx.log file & more importantly -

The wsjtx_log.adi file

Here's how I do it; it works & gives you multiple backups in case something gets corrupted.


Open File > goto Open Log Directory
Find & select - wsjtx.log - then right click on it & choose 'copy' - then right click anywhere in the blank space to the right of the file names & hit paste.

 You will now have wsjtx - Copy.log -
Now rename it with today's date - such as
- - wsjtx - bak19Sep2020  - -

Easy to find & read.

Now repeat the copy & paste for - wsjtx_log.adi

Now change wsjtx_log z Copy.adi  to 
wsjtx_log - 19Sep2020.adi

You now have a copy (19Sep2020.adi) that you can easily upload to QRZ, LoTW, etc. - moreover, when you copy to QRZ, for example, the filename of your last few uploads is shown on QRZ, so you can see how long & when you last updated it! Sweet!

Now, just one last step...

At least once a month - OR ANY TIME BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING WITH YOUR COMPUTER - COPY YOUR LAST FEW BACKUPS ON TO A USB THUMB DRIVE!!!  And Even copy it to another computer or Google Drive, etc.!

This cannot be emphasized enough! This is your LAST chance to easily make multiple backups, so that Windows updates, computer upgrades, fat-fingering the keyboard, lightning, etc. Does NOT cause permanent loss of your logged QSO's & make you lose more hair by pulling it out in frustration!

Good luck & be safe with your data. 😎

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