Error Opening File (through Virtual PC)
I have a big problem that's fairly long to explain...hopefully I can get some help, and I will give as much information as possible here:
I have a rather large family file (199 MB, over 315,000 individuals) and I work on my family tree Maker program (Version 4.0) on a Mac laptop via the program Virtual PC. The PC I had been using for awhile was Windows XP 2000, and unfortunately the PC no longer starts up anymore, largely because it is missing the startup file and apparently is something related to Windows XP, not Virtual PC. Fortunately, I happened to have done a backup of the file before it happened, unfortunately, I backed it up to that very PC I can't open up. I was able to mount the PC to my Mac desktop and rescue the files from that PC. I have started another PC up, this time with Windows 2000. I loaded Family Tree Maker on the PC (I have Version 4.0), and immediately set off to loading the file on the PC. Yet, everytime I try to load up both the file and the backup of the file itself, it fails. The file always reads the message "the information is damaged and cannot be used-Please refer to a backup", while the backup will copy the file, but once it hits 39%, it stops and the PC restarts...I open up that file, and it will have loaded up approximately 79MB of that backup. I can view only some information briefly, but then it will say the file is damaged and it closes. The backup I made myself of the file does the same thing as the standard backup file. I have tried it several times in hopes it would stop, yet it has not.
Is there anything that anyone can do to help me open this file? This file has previously gone through instances where the PC will unexpectedly quit while I'm working on the file, and when reloading Virtual PC, the information I was working on was there, yet it never seemed damaged after it reloaded. Unexpected quits are frequent on Mac's as I have found out. I have had my Mac laptop for almost four years, and the file has been on there almost as long, and this only happened recently. Unfortunately, this file is massive and contains a great deal of research over a span of over five years (as I said, over 315,000 individuals), and one that I'd hate to lose. Can anyone help me?