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Storing Samples

Samples may be stored on any medium which is readable by the computer where PCAD is running. Typically, this includes the primary drive and any removable drives available on the computer, including optical media and USB flash drives. In some cases, the computer may be on a network, in which case storage may be provided by one or more server computers. So long as the storage medium is available to be read through a standard Windows File Open dialog, samples may be stored there. (But please see the limitations below.)

PCAD will place any machine-readable output in the same directory as the sample. Since scoring transcripts, for example, tend to be much larger than the sample that generates them, care should be taken when using low-capacity media as a source and destination.

Because PCAD places results in the same location as the sample input, an error will be generated if the operator does not have permission to write to the sample directory. The default PCAD installation location is in the Program Files directory, and in some environments, IT Services do not allow users to write to that area. In such cases, please place sample files in a directory with appropriate permissions, typically within the My Documents area.

GB Software strongly recommends that all PCAD users follow good computing practice by carefully backing up all critical data (such as input samples) on a regular basis to a location that can be stored separately from the subject computer.

File formats accepted by PCAD

Selecting a name for the sample file

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