Create a new datastore without losing images saved outside of datastore

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My library contains far too many images and the speed while trying to access the library tags etc needs improving.
I was wondering if it was possible to backup the library datastore for archival purposes and then create a NEW one.

I am worried that if I delete all the content in the library then it will also delete all the saved images that are scattered in multiple project locations on my hdd. I must retain these.

Could anyone offer any guidance please.

thanks
Paul
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Joe Morgan

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If you want to protect your files, that's probably not the way to go about it.
Unless I'm misinterpreting what's actually stored in your library.

The data store retains "Unsaved" .snag's Which are uncompressed images.So the file sizes can become quite large per each capture.

When you save a image as a png,jpg,etc. You save those to another location on your computer.
SnagIt retains a thumbnail and metadata for the image. But it doesn't store the actual image.

So I'm not quite sure what you hope to accomplish?

Saved images can be "Removed from the library without deleting them from the computer. 
Being metadata and thumbnails, I'm not sure how much that will help you?

If you chose "Delete" SnagIt will delete them from your computer.  You definitely don't want to do that!



If you've got a lot of .snag's. I'm thinking thats whats dragging down load times and performance?

You could batch save them to another folder if you think you need them. Then delete them from the data store.

Regards,Joe
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Joe, it would be helpful if you folks at Snagit would create a step by step tutorial that would explain how to create a folder that would allow you to archive of the original image or video to a different/backup hard drive.  I am one that lost 5 years of Snagit data when my computer hard drive crashed several years ago so i have taken the approach to use the "Save as" for all images and video's to my backup hard drive"s but as i do not have to do any further manipulation of these, Im OK with using this method. For those that need to keep the original's so they can adjust or change them in the future, this is not the option i would take. I think that this is the process that needs to be created by Snagit as a the "How to" tutorial , if it already exists please point me to the place where it resides 
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Joe Morgan

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Ha ha, I'm just a user of the product like you.
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Scott Schmerer, Senior Software Engineer

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Snagit Editor does have a way to backup unsaved captures. Unsaved files are stored as .SNAG files which would allow for further manipulation of annotations and edits you have done to your images. There is a nice tutorial on how to do it located here: https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/360029043972-Move-Snagit-Library-to-a-New-Computer-Video-.

Once you have a backup of your current library's unsaved files in a safe location, you would be able to remove your unsaved captures. Here is how you can see your unsaved captures: https://www.screencast.com/t/IjBvpI1p5. And here is how you could remove them from your library: https://www.screencast.com/t/dE96vVdC. Removing only your unsaved captures would help you avoid deleting images you have saved and are using in projects scattered around your hard drive. Just please be careful when you start deleting files.

One things to keep in mind with the "Back up Library->Remove Unsaved files" workflow, when/if you need to restore one of your backup library files, it will replace your existing library in Snagit. So make sure you back up the current state of your Library before you restore a backup file.

I hope that helps some,
Scott
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This is where having the ability to import from a previous datastore backup would be great.
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You can move the datastore to any location of your choosing. I also recommend periodically creating a backup elsewhere. You do this by creating the folder you want to save the datastore to first, in the location of your choice. Then, open the Snagit Editor preferences library tab and do the following;



I hope this helps. You could create a folder and sub-folder hierarchy if you wanted, for example, and then periodically change the location to another of the subfolders and then when you begin capturing, the new datastore location would re-populate with all your new captures starting from scratch. Each time you change the location you will be asked to restart Snagit and it will create the necessary files (all but the *.snag files in the image below) in the new location. My example below shows what I see after creating a new datastore in *\Documents\Snagit\Datastore\2020 with these two images there as *.snag files.
 
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Scott Schmerer, Senior Software Engineer

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This sounds like a really solid solution, especially if you want to avoid the file deleting I proposed above.