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Viewing your Data Backup

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In order to open and view the backup of your data that Bullhorn has sent to you, you must download and install SQL Safe Backup by Idera®, a utility that enables you to convert the file into a readable Microsoft backup (.bak) format.

This article will cover:
  • Unzipping your backup files

  • Installing Idera

  • Using Idera to convert your backup files via the Windows Command Prompt


Before you begin

Make sure you have unzipped the .rar files you received in your Backup.

  1. Locate the .rar files you downloaded.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To unzip a single file or folder, open the zipped folder, then drag the file or folder from the zipped folder to a new location.

    • To unzip all the contents of the zipped folder, press and hold (or right-click) the folder, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions.

To download and install SQL Safe Backup (free trial)

Note:  A license is not required for extraction; you do not need to purchase the full version after the 14-day trial expiration.
  1. Navigate to

  2. Click the Start for Free button.

  3. Complete the required fields (First Name, Last Name, Email address, Company, Phone Number, Country, and State).

  4. Click the Start Your Trial button.

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  1. From either the confirmation email or the browser window, click the download link that meets your system requirements:

    • SQL Safe Backup

    • SQL Safe Backup

  2. Click OK to open the zip file.

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  1. When the download is complete, the zip file folder opens. Double-click the file to install.
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  1. If necessary, click Yes to allow the changes to be made to your computer.

  2. Click Continue.

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  1. If necessary, choose a new location to unzip the files to and click OK.
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  1. Click Yes to create the new folder.

  2. Click OK to launch the Installation Kit.

  3. Under Install, click SafeToSQL Ultility.

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  1. Click Next.
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  1. Select the I accept the terms in the license agreement radio button and click Next.
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  1. If necessary, click Change to select a new location for the file and then click Next.

  2. Click Install.

  3. Click Finish.

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To use SafeToSQL to view your backup

  1. Open a Windows command prompt:

    • From the Windows Start menu, in the search field, type cmd.

    • Under the Programs section, select cmd. This opens the command prompt window.

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  1. In the command prompt window, navigate to your C: drive by typing cd.. (including the two periods) after your computer username and pressing ENTER twice.
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  1. To the right of C:\>, type cd\Program Files\Idera\SafeToSQL\ and press ENTER.

  2. To the right of C:\Program Files\Idera\SafeToSQL>, type safetosql.exe and press ENTER. This gives you the usage statement for this utility:

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  1. From here, you can convert your file. You will need to know both where the file is currently stored and where you want to save the converted file.
    • To find the complete storage location of your file, right click the .safe file and select Properties.
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  • On the General tab, you will find the file path in the Location section and the name of the file on the top text box.
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  • In this example you would type the following in the command prompt immediately after C:\Program Files\Idera\SafeToSQL>:

    safetosql C:\Users\Public\Backup\BULLHORN_ STANDARD -Output C:\Users\Public\Backup\  -Password My_Password
Where BULLHORN_ STANDARD _FULL_12_2015.05.10_00.14.39 is replaced by the actual backup file name, and My_Password is replaced with the actual password used to encrypt the backup.
Note: Remove any spaces or dashes in any of the folder names along the path.
  • Example: "C:\Users\Public\Backup Folder\" or "C:\Users\Public\Backup-Folder\" should be changed to "C:\Users\Public\BackupFolder\" or you will receive an error message.
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