How to Move MultiCharts Database, Studies and Logs from C Drive (Starting from 8.7 Version)

When installing MultiCharts, one can specify an installation folder location different from the default one. However, the majority of space used by MultiCharts is filled with MultiCharts database, log files and studies. By default, everything previously mentioned is stored on the C drive; there is a way to move the files and folders to a different hard drive.

Starting from MultiCharts 8.7 version, the location of Database files, Cache files, Studies, Logs, Order and Position Tracker Data can be found and changed in MultiCharts itself. In the Main Menu, click File, then Preferences, and select the Directories tab.

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If you have a MultiCharts version prior to 8.7, here you can read how to move MultiCharts Database, Studies and Logs from the C Drive.


Database Files

Before starting, it is recommended to backup the database (see How to Backup User Data). The first step is to copy the files themselves:

Note: See How to Reduce Database Size to fill less space on another drive before moving the database files.

The location of the Database files can be found in MultiCharts. In the Main Menu click File, select Preferences, click Directories tab and copy the Database location path. After it:

  1. Click the Windows Start button.
  2. For Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 paste the Database's path into the Search field.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In the popped up window make a copy of the Database folder with all its contents.
  5. Paste the copy of the database to a new location.

The second step is to change the Database's path in MultiCharts:

  1. Run MultiCharts.
  2. In the Main Menu go to File.
  3. Select Preferences.
  4. Click the Directories tab, then click Dir2.png and change the Database's path to the new one.
Note 1: For example,the new location of Database files is "E:\new_location\Databases".
Note 2: After an upgrade of MultiChats to 8.7 version, it will no longer be possible to downgrade the Database and use it in the previous versions.

Studies

Before starting, it is recommended to backup the studies (see How to Backup User Data). The first step is to copy the files themselves. The location of the Studies can be found in MultiCharts. In the Main Menu click File, select Preferences, click the Directories tab and copy the Studies location path. Then:

  1. Click the Windows Start button.
  2. For Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 paste the Studies path into the Search field.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In the popped up window make a copy of the Studies folder with all its contents.
  5. Paste the copy of the Studies folder or its files to new location.

The second step is to change the Studies path in MultiCharts:

  1. Run MultiCharts.
  2. In the Main Menu go to File.
  3. Select Preferences.
  4. Click the Directories tab, then click Dir2.png and change the Studies path to the new one.
Note: For example, the new location of the "Studies" folder is "E:\new_location\Studies".

Log Files

There is no need to backup your Logs unless the file contains information regarding an issue (see MultiCharts Logs). To change the Logs folder location:

  1. Run MultiCharts.
  2. In the Main Menu go to File.
  3. Select Preferences.
  4. Click the Directories tab, then click Dir2.png and change the Logs path to the new one.
Note: For example, the new location of the "Logs" folder is "E:\new_location\Logs".

Order and Position Tracker Data

The first step is to copy the files themselves, but only if you want to save the current Order and Position Tracker data. The location of Order and Position Tracker Data can be found in MultiCharts. In the Main Menu click File, select Directories, click the Directories tab, copy the Order & Position Tracker Data location path. Then:

  1. Click the Windows Start button.
  2. For Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 paste the Order & Position Tracker Data path into the Search field.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In the popped up window, make a copy of the Order & Position Tracker Data folder with all its contents.
  5. Paste the copy of the Order & Position Tracker Data folder or its files to the new location.

The second step is to change the Order & Position Tracker Data path in MultiCharts:

  1. Run MultiCharts.
  2. In the Main Menu go to File.
  3. Select Preferences.
  4. Click the Directories tab, then click Dir2.png and change the Order & Position Tracker Data path to the new one.
Note: For example, the new location of the "Order & Position Tracker Data" folder is "E:\new_location\OPT_Data".

Cache

The first step is to copy the files themselves. The location of Cache files can be found in MultiCharts. In the Main Menu click File, select Directories, click the Directories tab, copy Cache files location path. Then:

  1. Click Windows Start button.
  2. For Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 paste Cache path into the Search field.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In the popped up window make a copy of the Cache folder with all its contents.
  5. Paste the copy of the Cache folder or its files to the new location.

The second step is to change the Cache path in MultiCharts:

  1. Run MultiCharts.
  2. In the Main Menu go to File.
  3. Select Preferences.
  4. Click the Directories tab, then click Dir2.png and change the Cache path to the new one.
Note: For example, the new location of the "Cache" folder is "E:\new_location\MC_Cache".

If you want to reset all the location paths to their default settings, click the "Reset to Default Locations" button.