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Split Large Databases

March 10, 2009 — Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann

With DEVONthink Pro 2.x’s ability to keep more than one database open at the same time you might consider splitting your older huge all-in-one database. The most effective way to do this is:

  1. Create the new database and open it.
  2. Open a new window using File > New Window so that you have open window open for each of the two databases.
  3. Select the items in the older database that you want to move and move them with the mouse from one window to the other.
  4. Like in the Finder with multiple volumes, this is a copy operation. So, when DEVONthink has successfully copied the items, delete them from the older database.

Alternatively you can drag the items to the other database’s name in the sidebar. In this case the items will end up in that database’s local inbox and you can move them from there to the database’s top level.