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Nobody told me the folder for the datastore was going to be moved under /appdata.  I have been using Evernote for years because it replicates to all of my devices, work and personal.  I was in a networking class and had been working on notes for that class in Evernote for over 2 months.  I can't do read/write access to the /appdata folder on my work machine.  When V 10 updated on my devices, it began to corrupt those notes.  It caused an emergency where I had to transfer all of the notes and clippings to MS Word to save the document.  It looks like my other notes are intact, as I was not editing them at the time.  But, unfortunately, if this is how Evernote is going to change, I will need to look at alternatives because I can't tolerate corruption of all of my notes.  And, if Evernote decided we can't select the location of the datastore, it means not only can I not use the application on my work systems, but I will probably not be able to appropriately backup the data.

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13 minutes ago, Manuel García Rosas said:

The issue persists right?

You are correct that Evernote v10 stores its data in a separate location to the legacy version and there is no option to choose a different location.

If this is a function you require then you'll have to stick with the legacy version for the time being.

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I've been working in Legacy [its just a much better interface for managing my data] and want to move my databases to an external drive.  1) how can I do this? I've seen older comments indicating it was possible on prior versions (before Evernote v10) and 2) can Legacy continue to update to that location after I set it up? Also 3) dangers of 'corrupting' my data? Thanks,

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Hi.  I need to store my local notes in a different location because my C drive is an SSD with limited storage.

How can I download the legacy version so I can move my DB to a different location?

With the legacy version can I also install the app on a different drive?  Again, I don't want to clutter up my SSD with anything other than my OS.

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On 3/1/2021 at 10:40 AM, Michael Friedman said:

Hi.  I need to store my local notes in a different location because my C drive is an SSD with limited storage.

How can I download the legacy version so I can move my DB to a different location?

With the legacy version can I also install the app on a different drive?  Again, I don't want to clutter up my SSD with anything other than my OS.

@Michael Friedman[Install an older version of Evernote](https://help.evernote.com/hc/articles/360052560314). You may access the article to install the older version of the app.

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This is very frustrating - I download V10 to try the tasks.  I then find out that:

1)  The import folder is gone.

2)  I can't change the database location.  Like the above poster, my C drive is for the OS and is an SSD, and D is for data.  With legacy, that's where my Evernote database was located.

Seems like V10 is a giant step backwards.

thanks,

ben

 

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With regard to tasks it is a giant leap forward.

About the database: Uncheck the „keep data when closing …“, then there is no local database.

Import folders are on the list of missing features.

In general you can use legacy in parallel to your v10 installation, and wait for v10 to evolve.

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Here's one workaround for this:
 

Move the "Evernote" base folder from C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming to another drive (with Evernote closed, obviously), then create a symbolic link to this moved folder back in the original place (C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming)...

Use this little utility to select the new folder (right click it and choose "Pick Link Location"), then right click in the Roaming folder and select "Drop As > Symbolic Link...":

https://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/linkshellextension.html

It seems to fool v.10 perfectly well...

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Evernote is now taking up 4.5 GB of my small C drive and I need to move it to make my PC work. Since Evernote takes a long time to start up, needing a reinstall every week, and keeps trying to be friendly with me in unwelcome ways, I've reached the stage where I think I'm better off without it.

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You could try this instruction, and leave it that way. The client will then run on a reduced database, pulling more information from the web. Hint: I could not test it, I am on a Mac. The client is slightly different.

  1. Go to File > Sign Out [name] from the menu bar.
  2. Select the "Remove my Evernote data from this device" option, then click Sign out.
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. Sign back in to Evernote

You could try the web client.

In general 4 GB is close to nothing on a modern computer. If this little data already causes a problem, the next Windows updates will push your PC over the cliff anyhow. If it is a replaceable drive, I would replace it by a larger one. A new larger SSD is not that expensive.

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We also have same problem, running on work server, C is for OS and working user files are on separate data drive.  Having the ability for admins to move the target local cache is a must.  

Same with loosing the import folder feature...  all of our work document scans used to drop into evernote.... 

please consider this request to reinstate these features!

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Why is this not being fixed by Evernote despite customers requesting it?
A symbolic link is a poor workaround. Please let me know when this will be fixed that the folder can move?
Or is the workaround to move to another tool?

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But what if I would save the database( just for back up) , uninstall EVR and then reinstall in a different drive/folder ? Is there such an option during installation ?

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7 hours ago, PinkElephant said:

No.

Up to now the symbolic link was the only solution that came up since v10 launched. It is unofficial, not approved by EN.

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On 6/18/2021 at 12:36 AM, PinkElephant said:

With regard to tasks it is a giant leap forward.

About the database: Uncheck the „keep data when closing …“, then there is no local database.

Import folders are on the list of missing features.

In general you can use legacy in parallel to your v10 installation, and wait for v10 to evolve.

If I uncheck this option now what will happen next? It won't store any more data from this point on  ?

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Unchecking 'keep data when closing..." means you do have a local version of your data to work with when you are off-line such as when travelling. So no working on notes which you might want whilst off-line.

New data is held ready to sync with the servers when you are next online. Nothing new should be lost.

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It will only have a cache of data. You then will practically work from the server database - this will probably lead to a performance loss.

If you only want to use EN without local data, the web client is a good option.

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在 2021/7/30 在 PM9點25分, Loster2說:

Here's one workaround for this:
 

Move the "Evernote" base folder from C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming to another drive (with Evernote closed, obviously), then create a symbolic link to this moved folder back in the original place (C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming)...

Use this little utility to select the new folder (right click it and choose "Pick Link Location"), then right click in the Roaming folder and select "Drop As > Symbolic Link...":

https://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/linkshellextension.html

It seems to fool v.10 perfectly well...

 

I've been searching for a solution to the lack of space in my C drive, and I'm totally surprised by the abundance of people out there with same problem... and the fact that Evernote still hasn't fixed this issue after all these years.

However, the workaround provided by Loster2 there works like magic! I uninstalled Evernote from my desktop, and then manually deleted the backup folder (located in C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Evernote\resource-cache). Then I reinstall Evernote without connecting to the internet. After reinstalling, I created a new folder in my D drive with the same name as what's originally in the folder mentioned above (should start with "User" then a bunch of numbers). Then I drop the symbolic link of the created folder into the folder mentioned above (should now exist after reinstalling Evernote) and replace the original folder. And now, after connecting to the internet, you can see the backup files slowing being synced to the folder in your D drive! That's how I moved 32G of files to my D drive finally...

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Import folders are now added, finally.

Not being able to specify database location is positively weird, because everybody uses SSDs now! I seem to remember that the entire Windows user data folder can be moved somewhere else, but the hard link workaround helps a lot.

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On 7/30/2021 at 3:25 PM, Loster2 said:

Here's one workaround for this:
 

Move the "Evernote" base folder from C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming to another drive (with Evernote closed, obviously), then create a symbolic link to this moved folder back in the original place (C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming)...

Use this little utility to select the new folder (right click it and choose "Pick Link Location"), then right click in the Roaming folder and select "Drop As > Symbolic Link...":

https://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/linkshellextension.html

It seems to fool v.10 perfectly well...

 

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2 hours ago, mynah said:

Import folders are now added, finally.

Not being able to specify database location is positively weird, because everybody uses SSDs now! I seem to remember that the entire Windows user data folder can be moved somewhere else, but the hard link workaround helps a lot.

Import folders „now“ added: A little late to the party, we just put the last glasses into the dishwasher:

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Moving the EN database to another place: Just to mention it - don’t move the database to a turning disk. This had already been a bad idea with legacy, performance issues were the consequence. With v10 it can add syncing problems to the trouble collection. A turning disk has a significant delay compared to an SSD, especially when retrieving data from disk.

Only use an SSD - can be an external one, linked through at least an USB 3 interface.

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Thank you.

Maybe someone should put your good advice out to the front, maybe even in the preferences menu. How can people know before they overload their notbook ssds?

On the PC, I had all kinds of issues until I tried to import a local folder and got an error message from the SSD. It was not that small, so it worked (kind of) for a while. I had just assumed the new version was using the same location as the old one, on a hard drive. It is now there using the hardlink.

I have another SSD lying around, so I'll try to attach that. So will I still have to use the hardlink technique? At least I'll be able to use the same database on my laptop then. On the notebook, I have only used EN legacy with a free account on the side. There would have been all manner of trouble, had I tried to start using my 25GB database.

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Yes, in every case you want to avoid to install on the system drive, you need to go through the symbolic link.

Downside of an external SSD is you need to keep it attached all of the time. Depends on how you use your notebook.

A replacement of the system SSD (if possible) would probably be the cleanest option. They are not that expensive any more, and it keeps the notebook alive for some more years.

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On 6/28/2022 at 2:49 PM, mynah said:

I have another SSD lying around, so I'll try that. So will I still have to use the hardlink ? At least I'll be able to use the same on my then. On , I have only used EN with a free account on the side. There would have been all manner of trouble, had I tried to start using my 25GB database.

Update: I have made room for the database on my notebook ssd. On the PC, there will only be a secondary free EN account. Thx again. The symbolic link is still useful for other things. Regards

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