Copying (Archiving), Moving and Renaming LOGDRAFT and Soil Test Project Files

Last Revised December 18, 2015

This document provides instructions on moving or copying your LOGDRAFT or soil test project files (these are the files created to hold boring log and laboratory testing data).

  1. The first step is to figure out which directory is being used to store your projects. If you don't know this, start your GEOSYSTEM package, select "Project" > "Open" then drop down the "Look in" box to see the folder path to where you last opened a project -- this will likely be where you're saving your projects. (Note that these directions assume you have version 5.x of the Data Manager package; if you're using version 2.x, just start the software and check the top entry of the file box shown at the left side of the opening screen). Make a note of the directory you found, then close the program.
  2. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the directory which you noted from step 1.
  3. If you've found the correct directory you will find folders that have the names you've given to your projects, with a .GEO extension. (For example, if you've named your project BERTHOUD COUNTY LANDFILL then the directory will show a folder named BERTHOUD COUNTY LANDFILL.GEO). All of the BERTHOUD COUNTY LANDFILL project's files are in that folder.
  4. You can use drag-and-drop or the cut/copy/paste Explorer options to delete or move the entire folder. For example, to make an archive copy of your project, right-click on your project folder and select "Copy". Next, navigate to your archive folder then right-click on the list of files and select "Paste".

Here are some cautionary notes:

  • While you can safely right-click on a project folder and select "Delete" to delete an entire project, do not delete individual files within the project folder. Doing so is guaranteed to render your project unusable.
  • Do not copy or paste a project into an existing directory which ends in a .GEO extension. (For example, do not paste BERTHOUD COUNTY LANDFILL.GEO into a folder called MYPROJECTS.GEO.)

Moving a Project to a New Computer

With the previous instructions in mind, here's how to move a project to a new computer using a USB key:

  1. On the old computer, once you've found your project's location using Explorer, right-click on your project folder and select "Copy".
  2. Sill on your old computer in Explorer, navigate to the USB key then right-click and select "Paste".
  3. Plug the USB key into your new machine.
  4. On the new machine, open Windows Explorer and navigate to the USB key.
  5. Right-click on the .GEO folder and select "Copy".
  6. Navigate to the directory where you want to place the project on your new computer, right-click and select "Paste".

Renaming A Project

You can rename your project by right-clicking on the folder and selecting "Rename". Note that you must leave the .GEO at the end of the new name. (For example, you could rename the directory discussed above to BERTHOUD CITY LANDFILL.GEO but you cannot rename it to BERTHOUD CITY LANDFILL.)

  • You can also do this from Data Manager version 5's "Project" > "Open" dialog by simply right-clicking on the project you want to rename, then selecting "Rename". This is actually a safer method as the program will not let you leave off the ".GEO" at the end of your folder name.