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#1 Jesper Beenfeldt Nielsen

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 04:25 AM

Hi,

 

I use Rootsmagic 7 on my desktop computer. I back up using the build in Dropbox-feature.

 

Now I am going to have some weeks in the summer house, and I want to work on my family tree in the house using a laptop.

 

What is the best way to bring my database?

 

My own suggestion: Make a backup on the desktop computer, move the backup file to the laptop, restore the backup and continue working on the laptop. When I return to my home, I will do the same in the opposite direction.

 

Is this the best way?

The media files will not be transferred this way. That's not a big issue for me, but will it destroy the connections to the files when I return?

 

Another solution would be to use Dropbox or Onedrive as a location for the database file. But I have read posts here warning against that method because of the danger of corrupting the file.

 

Thank you

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#2 Vyger

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 05:21 AM

Another solution would be to use Dropbox or Onedrive as a location for the database file. But I have read posts here warning against that method because of the danger of corrupting the file.

 

The warnings are real as you cannot access the same database file on more than one machine without creating a conflicted copy on Dropbox. Say for example I am working on Rootsmagic on my Desktop and put the computer into sleep mode but then open the laptop to check something in my file, I have inadvertently created a conflict, so one needs to employ a discipline and also make sure no one else accesses the second machine.

 

I would also Install Dropbox (or other) on both machines and log in, therefore you will have a copy of your Dropbox folders on your local hard drive(s). If you are not connected whilst away these folders will sync up when you return home and establish a connection (don't open the Desktop version before that sync completes.

 

I have my database file in Dropbox and being aware and mindful of the potential problems I have reliable working at home or on holiday.


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#3 Rooty

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 12:51 PM

Simply transfer your data files from the computer you are leaving to a flash/external drive. this would include your RM7 database and media folder.

 

Switch to your laptop, copy the files over to the same folder structure and start using them. Just make a clean break from one computer to the another.

 

You probably have many other files on your desktop and so should just copy your my documents, my desktop, my pictures folders along for the 2nd computer. Then just reverse the process to return.



#4 JimDavis79

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 01:31 PM

Jesper, I do exactly what you are planning to do.  I connect the two computers over my home network, then use Free File Sync (https://freefilesync.org/) to move files from desktop to laptop.  When I finish working on the laptop, I re-synchronize back to the desktop.  This is very fast and easy.  I also backup all files to the cloud (I use OneDrive for genealogy stuff) just to be sure all files are safe.  This does not require the use of RM backup or restore.  I use many of the same actions to back up my photography files (>22k images) and all important files to my various backup drives and cloud repositories.

 

Cautions:

1.  always remember which is your authoritative copy, so you don't inadvertently overwrite important files.

2.  synchronize from the one you've been working on BEFORE you start working on the other.

 

Hope this helps!


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#5 Jesper Beenfeldt Nielsen

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 06:05 AM

Thank you all for your clever advices.

 

I am now in the summer house working on the family from my laptop, so your help worked!

 

One caveat: I had to relink my media files. On my desktop the document folder - and therefore the Rootsmagic data folder - is on the E: drive. On my laptop it is on a more normal C: drive, so that had to be done, but it is a quick operation. Of course I must do it again when I return to the desktop.

 

Thanks again

Jesper



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Posted 16 April 2019 - 06:54 AM

Thank you all for your clever advices.

 

I am now in the summer house working on the family from my laptop, so your help worked!

 

One caveat: I had to relink my media files. On my desktop the document folder - and therefore the Rootsmagic data folder - is on the E: drive. On my laptop it is on a more normal C: drive, so that had to be done, but it is a quick operation. Of course I must do it again when I return to the desktop.

 

Thanks again

Jesper

 

Quick note for future changes which is quicker than running fix broken links, go to Search&Replace, select Multimedia File Names, search for "C:\" in your case and replace with "E:\" of whatever is necessary.

 

During my work years I carried my genealogy on a USB stick to work with RM2Go including my media and was doing this on a regular basis.


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Procrastinate (verb) - delay or postpone action; put off doing something.

 

"Named groups are currently static. We will be addressing dynamic groups (for lack of a better name) down the road a bit...

We are having to temporarily remove some functionality that isn’t ready yet in order to get the program out like everyone is clamoring for" - Bruce Buzbee October 5, 2008

 

User of Family Historian 6.2.7, Rootsmagic 7.5.9, Family Tree Maker 2014 & Legacy 7.5 (in order of preference)

 

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 12:26 PM

Another trick to harmonising drive letters between laptop and desktop is the use of a common virtual drive letter. Map your RM media folder (or your entire Docs folder) on each device to, say, M: drive, or any letter well removed from the range used by fixed drives and plugin devices.

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#8 Jesper Beenfeldt Nielsen

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 02:54 PM

Thank you, I will follow one of your advices next time. You have been most helpful.