September 23, 2020

Don’t get caught having to re-enter all your ORCA data if your computer hard drive crashes or you lose your laptop. ORCA data that you enter is only stored on your machine. The PDC retains only the completed reports you file with ORCA, not the data you entered to create those reports. If you lose your data, you will most likely have to re-create the entire campaign.  

We suggest you regularly create a backup and keep your data for five years after the campaign ends. To back up your data, follow these instructions: 

In ORCA, click Backup Campaign Data.  

Highlight the name of your campaign and then click OK. 

Name your file, preferably with the current date and name of your campaign, keeping the .zip at the end; click SAVE. 

Save the new file on a USB flash drive or email it to yourself so that it no longer resides solely on your computer.  

Pat yourself on the back and get a good night’s sleep!