New Computer / Bulk Install?

LacyAnnLacyAnn Posts: 0
edited December 1969 in The Commons

So we had to get a new computer which means fresh install of EVERYTHING ugh so since I have been a member and buying stuff since 2005 how do I go about installing everything over, well not everything but most things. I hate doing it one by one. Is there a program to help. I'm not super computer savy but I figured there might be something to help? I appreciate any advice.. Thanks!

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  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 5,570
    edited December 1969

    I just asked something similar in nuts and bolts, but I figure I'll xfer the runtime of my old one onto the new one... I don't want to lose my scenes!

  • KeryaKerya Posts: 7,244
    edited December 1969

    Any chance of putting the harddrive of the old computer in the new one or hooking it up (there are some mechanical thingies to use an internal as external) and just copying your Runtimes and DazContent folders over (including those precious data folders, whithout which Dazstudio will not open old scenes) ?

  • Paradigm67Paradigm67 Posts: 973
    edited December 1969

    Quick thread hijack... Say I was planning on getting a new hard drive... Can I just move my content folders over or do I need to reinstall?

  • icprncssicprncss Posts: 3,480
    edited December 1969

    Quick thread hijack... Say I was planning on getting a new hard drive... Can I just move my content folders over or do I need to reinstall?

    If you are using DS, you need to copy both the data and the content folders. I believe the metadata is stored in the data folder but I'd double check. If you keep separate scene file folders, copy those as well.

  • icprncssicprncss Posts: 3,480
    edited December 1969

    LacyAnn said:
    So we had to get a new computer which means fresh install of EVERYTHING ugh so since I have been a member and buying stuff since 2005 how do I go about installing everything over, well not everything but most things. I hate doing it one by one. Is there a program to help. I'm not super computer savy but I figured there might be something to help? I appreciate any advice.. Thanks!

    Unfortunately the 3D Content installer app is no longer available as the vendor was not able to keep up with changes to DAZ installers.

    If your content is in zips (as it comes from most other vendors and some from DAZ), many decompression apps have batch modes that will allow you to unzip the files to a specific directory.

    The last time I installed a new drive, I copied the content and data folders to earlier versions of DS and the contents of the MyLibrary folder as well as all my external Poser runtimes and contents of my main Poser runtimes.

  • DWGDWG Posts: 772
    edited December 1969

    LacyAnn said:
    how do I go about installing everything over, well not everything but most things. I hate doing it one by one. Is there a program to help.

    There is a bulk installer planned, but it isn't even at the 'soon' stage, so you're stuck doing it yourself for now, I'm afraid. As other people have said the best approach would be to install your old drive in the new PC (if it's still functional), or to connect it as an external drive using a drive caddy, allowing you to either keep your runtime on the original drive, or copy it onto the new. Whichever you do, one thing to be aware of is that old scene files may not work properly unless the path to the content folder is identical to what it was previously.

  • BC RiceBC Rice Posts: 491
    edited December 1969

    Maybe I'm missing something, but why couldn't she just copy the folders and bring them over to the new system? Unless she's changing operating systems -- and even then I'm not sure it would matter.

    For instance all of my Carrara/DAZ stuff is in a folder called "Daz Content Folder". So if I installed Carrara on a new computer, if I just copy that folder and stick it in the identical slot on the new operating system, I'd think it would operate fine. The program essentially just needs to find the product. It's going to look along the same path in the new computer. C: to My Documents to Daz Content Folder to File

  • BC RiceBC Rice Posts: 491
    edited December 1969

    Case in point, when Carrara goes looking for M4 on my computer, it can never find the Geometry or texture pack. I manually point it where I want it to go. Once you've saved that path (like in, say, a scene), it will relocate the items based on that path.

  • LacyAnnLacyAnn Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    I tried to copy over the last time we got a new computer but I got tons of errors when I tried stuff so it was suggested to do a fresh install which I did. So I have never have reinstalled everything because it takes so much time. I wish everything was in zips instead of installs they just take forever exspecially when some things have multiple installers. Maybe I can get my kids to set at the computer and press 'next' a million times :(

  • BC RiceBC Rice Posts: 491
    edited December 1969

    LacyAnn said:
    I tried to copy over the last time we got a new computer but I got tons of errors when I tried stuff so it was suggested to do a fresh install which I did. So I have never have reinstalled everything because it takes so much time. I wish everything was in zips instead of installs they just take forever exspecially when some things have multiple installers. Maybe I can get my kids to set at the computer and press 'next' a million times :(

    Hm. Yeah, and I wonder if it's different between DAZ and Carrara. I literally load some stuff from an *external* drive in Carrara when I just drag and drop from the content folder. In Carrara you don't get *errors*, you get "We can't locate this" and then you simply tell it where it's located and from then on it knows (so long as it's a saved file -- like I said, everytime I load a new M4 into a blank scene, it says it can't find the geometry or the texture/shader pack, but then I simply click on it and it loads fine).

  • SlimerJSpudSlimerJSpud Posts: 856
    edited December 1969

    A full reinstall of everything you've bought from Daz since 2005 is akin to The Death of 1000 Cuts. :shut: Seriously, I would rather have a root canal. At least for a root canal, they offer gas! :lol: You need to at least attempt to get your old content into the new system, and tell Daz on the new system where that content is. Is the old hard drive DOA? I believe Richard has a procedure for this, if you Google the forums, old and new.

  • larsmidnattlarsmidnatt Posts: 3,398
    edited October 2012

    If your old drive works then you should be able to copy all the data over like people suggested and work just fine. Not sure why you got errors unless you have things installed in non-default locations.

    Oh and don't put your new/copied content in the program files folder on your new machine! Make sure to put it somewhere in "My documents" if you're a PC user.

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  • JohnDelaquioxJohnDelaquiox Posts: 1,075
    edited December 1969

    Probably been stated already

    if you have your old harddrive you can just move everything over to the new one almost exactly as it was before

  • cridgitcridgit Posts: 823
    edited December 1969

    Batch install script: http://www.daz3d.com/forums/discussion/4603/ (the original thread is linked from there to the old forums with more detail).

    Metadata is in the My Library/Runtime/Support folder.

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