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Old 01-01-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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Happy New Year to everybody!

I now have a new computer and just wondered about the procedure to download my books from my old computer. Is it just a matter of downloading Calibre to my new computer and all the books that are shown in my old computer will automatically show up in the new?

If not, what is the correct procedure to make this so?

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Old 01-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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Happy New Year to everybody!

I now have a new computer and just wondered about the procedure to download my books from my old computer. Is it just a matter of downloading Calibre to my new computer and all the books that are shown in my old computer will automatically show up in the new?

If not, what is the correct procedure to make this so?

Thank you

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Please see http://manual.calibre-ebook.com/faq....ter-to-another


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Old 01-01-2013, 12:59 PM   #3
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Happy New Year to everybody!

I now have a new computer and just wondered about the procedure to download my books from my old computer. Is it just a matter of downloading Calibre to my new computer and all the books that are shown in my old computer will automatically show up in the new?

If not, what is the correct procedure to make this so?

Thank you

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Install Calibre, (remember the location of the Library folder) then shut down.

Copy the ENTIRE contents of your old Library folder Into the New folder. Start Calibre. Note: you may have to use 'Create/Switch' to point at the new location

If you want your other settings, do the same with the configuration folder ( use the button in Preferences: Miscellaneous to locate both) Note: you may have to use 'Create/Switch' to point at the new Library location on starting
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:09 PM   #4
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Install Calibre, (remember the location of the Library folder) then shut down.

Copy the ENTIRE contents of your old Library folder Into the New folder. Start Calibre. Note: you may have to use 'Create/Switch' to point at the new location

If you want your other settings, do the same with the configuration folder ( use the button in Preferences: Miscellaneous to locate both) Note: you may have to use 'Create/Switch' to point at the new Library location on starting
I would reverse the first 2 steps.

When i set up my new computer, I first copied over my content. Then I installed calibre, and during setup I pointed it at the relevant folder. It found everything it needed.
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I would reverse the first 2 steps.

When i set up my new computer, I first copied over my content. Then I installed calibre, and during setup I pointed it at the relevant folder. It found everything it needed.
How do you know where the configuration folder will end up (with a new OS)? That is why I did it that way. KISS, just replace the contents of folders.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:44 PM   #6
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i was replying in an old thread, and glad you have the warning system! i too am im in the process of moving my calibre library to my new macbook...which is great and annoying at the same time. setting up dir on my external drive, and pointing to it in the setup process worked fairly easily. one note however, i did have to place it on my desktop, as it wouldn't recognize a dir off the computer.

i saw this entry when someone had asked about pluggins...

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Preferences->Miscellaneous->Open configuration directory

Note that copying configurations like this is not officially supported, but if you're lucky, it will just work.
as for this...should i just c&p into the pluggin dir on the new comp? it doesn't seem to ask me for anything when i open this menu. hope that makes sense.

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How do you know where the configuration folder will end up (with a new OS)? That is why I did it that way. KISS, just replace the contents of folders.
Mine was set to go in the Dropbox folder, back when I was planning to do the whole OPDS thing.

And as for transferring the content, I used an MS app to copy from a Win7 laptop to a Win7 laptop. Here is some more info:
http://www.the-digital-reader.com/20...-a-new-laptop/

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Old 02-27-2013, 07:44 AM   #8
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Install Calibre, (remember the location of the Library folder) then shut down.

Copy the ENTIRE contents of your old Library folder Into the New folder. Start Calibre. Note: you may have to use 'Create/Switch' to point at the new location

If you want your other settings, do the same with the configuration folder ( use the button in Preferences: Miscellaneous to locate both) Note: you may have to use 'Create/Switch' to point at the new Library location on starting
Can somebody break this down into easier instructions for me please?

When you say 'copy that ENTIRE contents of--old library folder into the new folder.' Do you mean all the books in my original Calibre library? If so how do you do this?

Or do you mean a separate folder that will be on my old computer that needs to be put in a new folder that will be formed when you install Calibre on the new computer?

Perhaps somebody can break this all down into step-by-step instructions so that I do not get it wrong.

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Old 02-27-2013, 09:06 AM   #9
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Contents... EVERYTHING (Use Ctrl-A AKA: 'Select All'). 'Books' is only some things that are in the Library folder
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1) Copy your entire calibre folder (library) to a usb stick
2) Find your calibre settings folder (optional) and copy that to the usb stick as well. You can find it by going to Preferences =?Miscellaneous and clicking the "Open Calibre configuration directory"
3) Install calibre on your new Pc
4) Copy the contents of your settings folder from your usb stick into the settings folder on your new installation (optional)
5) Copy the library to the desired location on your new Pc
6) Open calibre on your new Pc
7) Click Library=>SwitchLibrary and then click the Browse button to locate the library you've just copied over.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:04 AM   #11
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@Heathside Boy: Did everything workout OK, any tips?

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Old 06-14-2013, 06:35 AM   #13
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Hi Ken,

Yes, everything worked out okay in the end. All the advice from the various people in this thread is good advice especially the link that is given about how to go about this procedure. The step-by-step instructions given in one of the posts is particularly helpful. If you follow the advice here, you won't go far wrong :-)

I hope it all goes well for you.

Good luck

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