by Steve Lopez

It's a simple function, but it seems to cause a lot of confusion. How do you install a new database to your hard drive in ChessBase 8? For the sake of the discussion, we'll assume that you have a large database on CD, but the function will also work for databases on floppy disks as well.

Put the CD into the drive and fire up CB8. In the left-hand pane of the database window, click the "plus" sign next to "Drives". You'll see a listing for your CD drive. Click on it and you'll see at least one icon (and possibly several icons if there are multiple databases or folders on the CD) appear in the right-hand pane. Click once on the icon for the database you wish to install (to highlight it).

Go to the File menu, select "Install", and then "Selected database to hard disk" (you can also just right-click on the icon and select "Install to hard disk" from the popup menu). You'll see the following dialogue appear:

This gives you several installation options.

The first allows you to append the database on CD to the database you've previously designated as your reference database (in this case, I've selected Mega Database 2001). If you select this option, all of the games of the CD database will be added to your reference database. This is a handy shortcut if you prefer to keep one single huge "master" database. However, be aware that you'll likely have duplicate games afterwards and you'll need to kill doubles (ETN, August 13, 2000) on your reference database later. This can be a very time consuming process if you have a master database of hundreds of thousands (or millions) of games.

If (like me) you choose to keep your various databases separate from each other, you can select "Copy as individual database to hard disk". This simply copies the database onto the hard drive as a separate database.

If you choose this second option, the third option then comes into play: the destination folder. The default under "Path" is the one you set when you first installed CB8. If you wish to choose a different folder, click the browse button to get the following dialogue:

This is a standard Windows dialogue that lets you select a drive and folder for the database. Click on the "plus" sign next to the hard drive and you'll see the list expand to show the folders on that drive. Once you've gone down the path to the folder you want, click once on it to highlight it and then click "OK". This returns you to the previous dialogue.

If the parameters are now set to your satisfaction, click "OK" and the process begins. The database's files are copied to your hard drive, the "read only" attribute is removed from them, and you'll see an icon for that database appear in your database window (you may need to click on "My Databases" in the left-hand pane to have this display appear).

Obviously, the amount of time this takes will depend on the speed of your computer, the speed of your CD drive, and the size of the database. The popup status bar will show you the function's progress and give you a rough idea of how long you can expect the process to take:

When the process is complete, it's a good idea to immediately exit ChessBase 8. This is because the location of that database is written to CB8's .INI file when you exit the program. If you crash the program, lock up your computer, or suffer a power outage without exiting the program normally, you'll need to go to File/Open/Database the next time you start CB8 in order for the icon to appear in your "My Databases" display.

That's all there is to it! Your new database is now installed to the hard drive and you can use it as a database in CB8.

Until next week, have fun!

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