You wish to take a copy of your whole workspace to you can backup your data to another device
You wish to send your complete workspace to another HDM-4 user (for instance, a colleague, a reviewer, technical support, etc)
All HDM-4 data (Road Networks, Vehicles Fleets, Maintenance Stds, etc) are stored in a single database which can only be read and written to by the HDM-4 software.
The complete database is made up of several files and folders which are structured as follows:
You should first locate the location of the workspace folder on your PC. This can be done with the workspace open in HDM-4 and noting the directory path shown at the top of the main workspace window, as shown below:
Close HDM-4 to ensure the latest data has been saved to the workspace.
Open the File Explorer and navigate to the highlighted folder (F:\Admin\Documents\HDM-4 Data\Case Studies\Eng in the above example). You should see the workspace files and folders as highlighted above.
To backup the files:
Copy the folder and paste to to your backup media (USB drive, external hard disk, cloud storage, etc). Alternatively you can follow the instructions below to create a single compressed file to copy to your back up media.
To copy and send the files:
Right-click the workspace folder, point to the menu option Send to, and then click Compressed (zipped) folder. A new compressed folder will be created in the same location as the workspace folder. If you wish to rename it, right-click the folder, click Rename, and then type the new name.
The compressed file can now be sent to the required person.
NOTE: When backing up your files it is important to check the date stamp on the files to confirm that you are backing up the latest files.
If your workspace is stored in a folder under the Program Files (for instance, “C:\Program Files (x86)\HDM-4 Version 2\Case Studies\Eng”) security permissions may prevent you from writing data to the workspace files contained in that folder. In these circumstances Windows automatically creates the files in a different folder (a Virtual Store) so you can write your data to the files, but it appears as if the files are in the folder under the program files path. This is a function of Windows to allow those without administrator privileges to continue to use applications that store their files in protected folders.
The exact location of this “virtual store” can vary depending on your PCs configuration, but a typical example is shown below:
If the direct address is:
C:\Program Files (x86)\HDM-4 Version 2\Case Studies\Eng
It may actually be stored in the following location:
%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\HDM-4 Version 2\Case Studies\Eng
The location of %LocalAppData% will be different on each person’s PC however, if the user's name is "Admin" it will typically be found in the following folder:
C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\HDM-4 Version 2\Case Studies\Eng
You may need to enable hidden folders / files view to be able to see these files - open windows explorer and then click on “Organize” and select the menu item “Folder and search options” – in the window that opens click on “view” and you will see a list of advanced options - Click on “show hidden files, folders, and drives” and also unchecked "Hide protected operating system files".