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New Pc now have 2 calibre folders
#1  Jo69 07-02-2020, 07:20 AM
Just got a new computer

Transfered Calibre folder full of my books from old pc to Documents, and have been backing it up and adding more books to it for a couple of weeks.
It says I have 1042 folders in that folder.

Just found out I also have a calibre folder in c drive!
That has 900 book folders in it.
The only reason I noticed was because some of my recent downloads were not in the Documents Calibre.
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#2  BetterRed 07-02-2020, 07:26 AM
Quote Jo69
Just got a new computer

Transfered Calibre folder full of my books from old pc to Documents, and have been backing it up and adding more books to it for a couple of weeks.
It says I have 1042 folders in that folder.

Just found out I also have a calibre folder in c drive!
That has 900 book folders in it.
The only reason I noticed was because some of my recent downloads were not in the Documents Calibre.
Where in the c drive - at the root or where?

BR
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#3  Jo69 07-02-2020, 07:37 AM
Quote BetterRed
Where in the c drive - at the root or where?

BR
Here it is.
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#4  DNSB 07-02-2020, 11:06 AM
One thing to think about is moving your Calibre library folder from Documents to the root of your User folder. There have been several issues with having the Calibre library in the Documents folder when Windows Defender's Controlled Folder Access detects Calibre's actions as a ransomware attack.

I'd suggest closing Calibre, moving the Calibre library folder from \Users\<User name>\Documents\Calibre to \Users\<User name>\Calibre. Open Calibre and use the Switch/Create Library to connect to the library at it's new location (make sure you select Use the previously existing library at the new location button).

Once that is done and you are happy with the new location, select the library in the root of your C: drive, select all books and copy to your main calibre library. This may result in message about duplicate books. I'd suggest not copying the duplicates but rather manually checking and deciding which duplicate you want to keep if they are duplicates.

Once you have the libraries consolidated, you can remove the library from the root of your C: drive.
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#5  Jo69 07-03-2020, 01:10 AM
Am a bit worried about doing this as such a lot of books. Do I need to create a folder on c drive to transfer them too? Yes would sooner have them on c drive if documents is not safe.
Looks like I have been backing up the wrong folder before
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#6  BetterRed 07-03-2020, 03:26 AM
If you are worried you'll make a mistake, backup the data you don't want to lose - the library in Documents and the one on the C: drive.

Then follow DNSB's advice to move the library that's in Documents up a level into your 'home' folder, and then merge the library at the root of c: into it.

BR
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#7  Jo69 07-03-2020, 04:31 AM
Quote DNSB
One thing to think about is moving your Calibre library folder from Documents to the root of your User folder. There have been several issues with having the Calibre library in the Documents folder when Windows Defender's Controlled Folder Access detects Calibre's actions as a ransomware attack.

I'd suggest closing Calibre, moving the Calibre library folder from \Users\<User name>\Documents\Calibre to \Users\<User name>\Calibre. Open Calibre and use the Switch/Create Library to connect to the library at it's new location (make sure you select Use the previously existing library at the new location button).

Once that is done and you are happy with the new location, select the library in the root of your C: drive, select all books and copy to your main calibre library. This may result in message about duplicate books. I'd suggest not copying the duplicates but rather manually checking and deciding which duplicate you want to keep if they are duplicates.

Once you have the libraries consolidated, you can remove the library from the root of your C: drive.
It wont let me do the first step, Open Calibre and use the Switch/Create Library to connect to the library at it's new location (make sure you select Use the previously existing library at the new location button).
It says no Calibre name there.
I created a Calibre folder but it still says no folder there
no library.JPG no library2.JPG 
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#8  DNSB 07-03-2020, 02:38 PM
Quote Jo69
It wont let me do the first step, Open Calibre and use the Switch/Create Library to connect to the library at it's new location (make sure you select Use the previously existing library at the new location button).
It says no Calibre name there.
I created a Calibre folder but it still says no folder there
As a suggestion, create a Calibre folder and place the Calibre Library folder inside it. This allows for adding other libraries such as an Intake library which I use to place new books until they have been worked on (metadata, covers, etc.).

The first step is not to use calibre to connect to the library at a new location. The first step is with calibre closed, to either copy or move the contents of your Documents\Calibre Library folder into the new folder (open the old Calibre Library folder, select all, copy, go to new library, paste). Take a look at the copy of your Calibre Library folder. Does it have a metadata.db file in it along with a bunch of author name folders? If not, calibre will not see it as an existing library.

You can't just create a folder called Calibre Library (or any other name) if you are going to use the "Use the previously existing library", it needs to have the content to say it is a calibre library.
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#9  Jo69 07-04-2020, 03:03 AM
Sorry am lost here lol
Create a calibre folder in my user folder?
Ignore the empty folder there called Calibre Library?

So sorry... can you start from the beginning please?
Ive got 3,000 books and dont want to mess them up

Not got a clue why I have 2 calibre folders.

By the way they both have a metadata file!

Plus the one that says calibre library, making 3 (Thats empty)..As image.
Users calibre.JPG calibre library empty folder.JPG 
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#10  theducks 07-04-2020, 12:04 PM
IMHO Don't USE the one Calibre creates for books. My main Library is called Main . If I ever see another name up there in the Windows Titlebar, I know something went wrong (very rare config folder? issues)

rename your real Library folder using the OS (Calibre NOT running )
then start Calibre: on the Library Icon: Create/Switch: USE EXISTING:<navigate to your new foldername> OK
This is one of the few cases you can touch a folder name in Calibre without causing major damage (the folders name IS the Library Name) (and yes, having 6 Calibre Library's is valid (and a quick way to insanity )

BTW don't let W10 confuse you (too much). It has a section called 'Libraries'
This is a Logical view that may contain a merged VIEW of the contents of various other (real) folders. eg Documents (yours) and Public Documents
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