The Tournament Operations Manager (TOM) software automatically saves backup files at the beginning and end of each round. These files can be used to recover from many common errors. By default, TOM creates a folder named TOM_DATA where it stores all your Tournament Data Files (.tdf). This default folder may be changed during installation. TOM will automatically create a subfolder named after each tournament you create. All the files associated with a tournament are stored in this subfolder, though you are given the opportunity to direct the final upload file elsewhere.
The backup files use the naming convention <tournament name>_r<round number>-begin.tdf and <tournament name>_r<round number>-end.tdf. For example, My Tournament_r4-begin.tdf or March Challenge_r6-end.tdf. The -begin files save after the round is paired but before any matches have been entered. The -end files save after all match results have been entered but before pairing the next round. You can open any of these backup files via the File menu.
While this will not help fix errors made during the tournament creation phase, it can help you recover from many errors made mid-tournament. Examples below:
- If you forgot to enter drops before starting round 5 but notice before play begins, open r4-end, perform your drops, and pair the next round. This will re-pair round 5 without including any of the dropped players.
- If, after proceeding to Top 4, you notice that you mis-entered a Top 8 match result, open the -end file for Top 8. This will allow you to correct the one match you mis-entered while preserving the rest of the results.
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