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So we have a large number of text fields that we want to convert to number fields without losing data. We have a script to write to convert the text to numbers, so for example it was

  • Monthly
  • Weekly
  • Yearly

so we converted Monthly to 12, weekly to 52 and yearly to 1, so far so good.

But when we take that and convert the field to a number field it just whips out the data

is there anyway way to make sure it saves the data when you convert the fieldtype?

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  • I assume 'whips out' means 'wipes out' ? – cropredy Oct 24 '14 at 16:57
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It whips out the data because even though you are "converting" your values to "numbers", they are still stored as a text datatype in that text type field. When you convert the field over, it will have an incompatible data type inside of it and will clear it out.

I don't really know the details of the scenario, but i would just export that field out with the record ID, change the field type, and then reinsert those values in as Numbers.

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