Open DBK File – What is and How to View – Format and Programs

File type: dBASE Database Backup Files


What is a DBK File

The DBK file extension supports the backup functionality of the dBASE RDBMS software.

This format represents the backup files acreated from the database files (either a DBF or a DB2 files extension format) prepared by the user.

The DBK files may be generated automatically by the dBASE application like in the case of the original database file becoming corrupted.

In the context of information technology, a backup file refers to the process of creating copies of the data files in order to generate additional copies which can be used for restoring the original state of the data after it its lost.

The backup file is only accessible to the program that created it. This essentially means that it is useless without its host application. However, there are instances wherein interoperability exists between certain programs under the same category allowing one application to import the backup file created by another program.

In database management, a database file backup essentially contains the same information and structure as the original but in a compressed form which makes it unreadable by the program unless it is first extracted.


How to Open DBK Files

Category: Backup Files
Format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: dBASE
Open with Linux: Dbview
Normally, the procedure of restoring a backup file is referred to as disaster recovery.
The process of restoring backup files can be done based on a variety of options. A user may have the option to restore only portions of the database or the entire contents of the database.
In the same manner, the backup process can also be done full (all contents are backed up) or incremental (only newer items not yet contained in the existing backup file are appended).
In any case, the use of the backup files is considered by many computer experts as one of the best practices in ensuring data integrity.
The requirements for the data storage media would vary considerably depending on the type of backup and the number of entries involved.
It is a wise practice to create a single backup file with multiple copies rather than multiple volumes of a single one. For multiple volumes, it must be noted that in case one of the backup volume becomes corrupted, the entire backup may be rendered useless.