[Digikam-users] Transferring image files and database to new hard drive

Andreas Tono andreas.tono at web.de
Tue Aug 31 17:57:29 BST 2010

Am Dienstag, 31. August 2010 schrieb Darren Kirby:
> On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 12:16 AM, jag59 <jldeshpande at gmail.com> 
> > Hi,
> > Congratulations for the 1 TB HDD!
> > I think DK is a very reliable and easy to use application for
> > this work. Just reconfigure DK 'Database' and 'Collection'
> > pointing to the new locations.
> > I have successfully copied  my collection from  small partition
> > to another big partition,reconfigured DK as per new
> > locations,confirmed it's healthiness  and then deleted the old
> > data on small partition. At any time the 'datadase file' can be
> > moved to much safer place/position and it's new path to be given
> > in the 'Database'tab so that DK starts with usual time without
> > rebuilding the database
> Thanks for the reply,
> It occurs to me I should probably explain a bit more about the
> structure of my files. The HDD for my images gets mounted directly
>  on a directory called 'Pictures' in the top level of my ~user
>  directory. At the top level of 'Pictures' lives the digikam4.db
>  file, a few blank model/property release documents and other
>  assorted docs relating to photography, and two directories, one
>  called 'Film' and one called 'Digital' that serve as the root
>  directories of my 2 digikam collections. The absolute paths of
>  these whilst mounted would be:
> /home/bulliver/Pictures/Digital
> /home/bulliver/Pictures/Film
> Now I was thinking I could get away without touching digikam's
> settings at all, as after I have copied the files and mounted the
>  new disc they will all live at exactly the same absolute paths as
>  before. 
Think about the timestamps for each file in the filesystem.
If digikam keeeps that also in the database you may get a problem.

On Linux i would use the rsync command.
rsync -a sourcedir targetdir

Beware: there is a differenc in if you put a slash after sourcedir/

If you are not familiar with rsync read manual an do some exeriments 
on testfolders till you know what you are doing.

With rsync you kan keep folders and files the same on different 

>  It is my understanding that a program such as digikam
>  should have no knowledge of the underlying file system and disc
>  structure at all...and thus would 'just work' at first start after
>  moving the files. Is this not correct?
> > Regarding file system,I am not the authorized person.Till I get 1
> > TB disk like you,I am forced to continue with my photos on NTFS
> > and their backup on Ext3 having rw rights only for 'root' .
> You know, I have used ext3 because it is stable and rock-solid, but
>  I am strongly considering trying ext4 for the first time to take
>  advantage of it's purported speed improvements. Unless someone
>  warns against, I think that is exactly what I will do. It will
>  require a kernel recompile for me, so I will start this process
>  tomorrow after some sleep!
> > -----
> > Jagdeesh Deshpande.
> > Registered Linux user #492893
> Thanks again Jagdeesh!
> D
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