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How can I backup my formulas (Indicators, Experts, Explorations ...)?

How can I backup my formulas (Indicators, Experts, Explorations, etc...)?

All of these can be quickly backed up by the following procedure:

  1. Open MetaStock
     
  2. Click Tools | Indicator Builder
     
  3. Click Organizer
     
  4. Click Export
     
  5. For each of the formula based tools, select the items to be backed up.
     
  6. Specify the location you wish to export the files to. You can password protect them here if you wish, but I would advise you not to unless you are distributing them to other people whom you do not wish to reveal the formulas to.
     
  7. Click OK

This will create new files with the appropriate files in the folder you specified.  This will not over-write any existing files, so the diskette or folder specified must not have any other formula files in it. Otherwise, this method is probably the fastest.

To import the files to a system:

  1. Open MetaStock
     
  2. Click Tools | Indicator Builder
     
  3. Click Organizer
     
  4. Click Import
     
  5. Specify the location you wish to import the files from.

All the formula files, experts, explorations, and system tests will be read from and added to the Current location in MetaStock.  If you already have formulas, experts, explorations, and system tests of the same name in MetaStock, you will be asked if you want to replace them.  If you say yes, the import will finish, overwriting the formulas of the same name. If you say no, the import will be halted with nothing being added.

In case MetaStock is not working or you can only access the computer in a DOS mode.

Just copy the following files to a floppy or any backup device:

Ms65form.dta
Ms65prft.dta
Ms65expl.dta
Ms65expt.dta

Also copy the the folder called Experts.

The above files are listed with their version 6.52 file names. For later version, just change the 65 in The file name to the first two digits of the version you are using.  These files are located in the folder in which MetaStock was installed. By default that folder is C:\Program Files\Equis\MetaStock. And then use the import steps to import the formulas back to your new system.


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