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I don't think I can do this in FM, so hope there is a plug-in for it.

I have a runtime solution with 6 files (8.5adv). Users want to back it up off their hard drive. Some to a cd, some to memory sticks. There are lots of options.

If I use 'Save a copy' in an FM script, I believe they would have to specify the destination 6 times - once for each file. Not very elegant.

Is there a way to have them specify once the device they want the backup to go to and then use that as a parameter or something in 'save a copy' or some other routine?

TIA

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Why can't you use the Save a Copy as script step? And if you wanted the path to be chosen by the users you could use MooPlug (http://mooplug.com) to sho a dialog to choose where, then call Save a Copy as script step with the variable as the path

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You don't really need a plug-in on a Mac, because AppleScript has all these commands, either interactive (choose folder) or run without interaction. It can return data to a FileMaker global field, if needed to complete a path.

But personally I don't see why they neeed to backup directly to a remote hard drive using Save A Copy As. They could Save a Copy As to a local relative path, then use a plug-in or AppleScript to copy those files to the remote hard drive; kind of a double backup. The advantage is that it ties up FileMaker for a little less time. It would require a little more work however.

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I guess I'm confused.

Applescript does not support copy/move to my knowledge, and when specifying the file path for the 'save a copy' script step, you have to enter the actual path - not a field containing the path value or a script parameter.

Is there a way to make Applescript do the move/copy on the files?

It would be great to 'save a copy' to a fixed location and then invoke an applescript to ask where they want to put the back up and move the files there.

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