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Moving Unify's main data folder

Unify keeps nearly all of its data in a single main data folder, and uses an entry in the Unify.settings file to keep track of where that folder is located. If you ever need to move the Unify data folder to a different location (e.g., on a different drive with more free space), there are basically just four steps:

  1. Create the new folder
  2. Copy the contents of the old folder to the new one
  3. Change the path to the main data folder in Unify's Settings view
  4. Delete the old folder

If you're perfectly comfortable with working with files and folders in Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder, this may be enough. If you're not quite so confident, you may prefer the following 7-step method.

Step 1: Locate the existing data folder

  • Open Unify (preferably the stand-alone app, but you can do this in the plug-in as well)
  • Click the gear icon at the bottom right, to open the Settings view
  • Locate the “Data folder” line about half-way down; it looks like this:

  • Click the Open… button, to open the current Unify data folder in Windows Explorer / Mac Finder
  • Leave the Explorer/Finder window open while you move on to the next step

Step 2: Create the new folder

  • Open a new Explorer/Finder window, and navigate to wherever you want to move the Unify data
  • Create a new folder, and give it a suitable name, e.g. “Unify data”
  • Double-click the new folder, to open it.

Your user-login MUST have write privileges in the new folder you create. Unfortunately, this is a complicated subject, and the procedures for checking and setting privileges are different for each operating system, version, and language/locale, so it's not possible to specify them all here.

  • MacOS:
    • Right-click the folder and choose “Get Info”.
    • Properties will be shown at the very bottom of the Info window.
    • The entry for your user/login name should say “Read & Write”.
  • Windows:
    • Right-click the folder and choose “Properties”.
    • In the Properties window, click the Security tab to see permissions.
    • Click the entry for Authenticated Users; the list below should have a check mark beside “Modify”, “Read”, and “Write”.

If you need to change the folder privileges, you should search the web for instructions appropriate for your operating system version and language/locale. You need to ensure that the updated permissions are inherited by all files and sub-folders within the main folder.

Step 3: Move/Copy the Unify data

  • In the first Finder/Explorer window, select (highlight) all the contents
    • At the very least, there will be sub-folders called Libraries and Presets, but if you have been using Unify for some time, there may be several other folders.
  • Drag all the selected sub-folders to the other Explorer/Finder window
    • If you created your new Unify data folder on a different drive, the files will be copied, and will thus exist in both places. You will delete the old ones in Step 5 below.
    • If you created your new Unify data folder on the same drive as the old one, the files will be moved, and you'll see them disappear from the old location. If this isn't what you expected, drag them back.

Step 4: Select the new folder in Unify's Settings view

  • In the Unify Settings view, click the Change… button
    • This will open a “folder browser” window, whose appearance will depend on your specific operating system
  • In the file browser window, navigate to the new folder you just made, select it, and click OK (Windows) or Open (Mac)
    • The folder browser window will close.
    • If you accidentally selected the wrong folder, you may see an error pop-up like this:

  • This is Unify trying to be helpful, by warning you that you might be choosing the wrong folder.
  • Click OK to dismiss the dialog, and go back as many steps as necessary to make sure you choose the correct folder.
  • Once you have selected the correct folder, the folder path shown just to the right of the Open… button will change accordingly.
  • Leave the second Explorer/Finder window open as well; you might need it.

Step 5: Close and re-open Unify

  • Unify won't actually update its Settings file until you close it, so close it now.
  • Run Unify again; the patch browser should show your patches now.

Step 6: Load some patches

  • Close the Settings view by clicking on the green Close button at the top right
  • If Unify's patch browser is not open, open it by clicking the Browse button
  • Select one or two patches, to make sure they are loading correctly
    • Patches should load as usual. If they do not, you might not have correctly copied all of Unify's files to the new location. Check your two Explorer/Finder windows to make sure. Drag over any folders you might have missed, then try loading patches in Unify again.

Step 7: Delete the old folder

  • At this point, you can safely remove the old Unify data folder entirely.
    • In your first Explorer/Finder window, navigate up one level, and drag the entire old folder (it will typically be called Unify) to the Trash, then empty the Trash.
  • Now you can close both Explorer/Finder windows; you're done.
moving-data.txt · Last modified: 2023/05/08 18:59 by