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January 3, 2007

(Updated for ComicBase 14 on September 26, 2009)

ComicBase Tip of the Day:

Moving ComicBase to a New Computer

Want to move your ComicBase data over to a brand new computer? With ComicBase 9 or later*, it’s as easy as just installing ComicBase on the new machine, copying over your ComicBase Database file to the new machine, and using ComicBase’s File > Open command to open it up.

In doing this, there are two special tips you can use to make your life easier.

1) I f you’re not sure where you’re keeping your current ComicBase Database file, just launch ComicBase on your old machine and use the File > Save a Copy command to save a copy of your current database onto a CD or flash drive to make it easy to carry over to your new machine. It’s a good idea to call this copy “ComicBase Database” (instead of the default name, “Copy of ComicBase Database”) as it’ll save a step when you go to move it to your new machine.

2) When you go to move this file to your new machine, copy it into the default location of the ComicBase database:

For ComicBase versions 11.0 and earlier, the default location for your database is:
C:\Program Files\Human Computing\ComicBase <version>\Program Data\ComicBase Database.cba

For ComicBase 11.1 through ComicBase Atlas, the default location for your database is

Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\<your login>\My Documents\Human Computing\ComicBase 12\ComicBase Database.cba

Windows Vista or Windows 7:
C:\Users\<your login>\Documents\Human Computing\ComicBase 12\ComicBase Database.cba

Finally, for ComicBase 14 and beyond, the default location is:

Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\<your login>\My Documents\Human Computing\ComicBase Databases\ComicBase Database.cba

Windows Vista or Windows 7:
C:\Users\<your login>\Documents\Human Computing\ComicBase Databases\ComicBase Database.cba

If you’ve launched ComicBase on the new machine before, you’ll likely be asked if you want to replace the existing ComicBase Database file. Click Yes. (You’re replacing the stock database which came with the program with the one from your old computer).

* With ComicBase 8 and earlier, the database file was required to be called “ComicBase Database” and had to be in located in your ComicBase’s Program Data folder.