It seems various threads have suggested four feasible methods re the relocation of index folder/disk in DT3. I wonder whether one way is more suitable than the other for a particular situation and how those methods may affect the sync of DT3 among computers and sync among DT3 and DTTG. Maybe DT can consider posting a sticky topic to explain the pros/cons OR just one/two most common/safest/easiest methods after the release of the final version?
Three common questions for the below-mentioned 4 methods: Q1: are these methods also apply to the partial relocation of sub-group/sub-folder under index group/folder? Q2: are these methods reversible? Q3: what will happen to the relevant item links (annotation notes, link among items in DT), and replicants from the items of the original index group?
The “folder” here refers to a top-level index folder, but it seems to me that the process is similar/identical to disk.
(1) Using import&re-index: Import the original index folder, re-export the group to a new location, re-index the folder from the new folder location. If success (check the content and verify), delete the previously imported group.
(2) Using Aliases. Move the folder in Finder to a new location. Create an alias of the relocated folder And put the aliases to the original folder’s location.
Q4: Is this method workable ONLY when there is no change in the name of the top-level folder and the hierarchy of folders within?
(3) DT3 only: Index to new empty folder and move. Create new but empty folder/s in the planned new Finder location, index those new folder/s into DT3. Within DT3, move the items from the original index group to the new index group, delete the old index group.
(4) DT3 only: Script to change the path of the index folder. Move the folder in Finder, get the new POSIX path. Use a script, replace the original POSIX path of the index items within DT with the new path.
Q5: Is this method more flexible and can apply to any combination of selected items and groups?
I’m sure that I have missed other feasible methods and essential questions. This post is meant to be a starter for those (like me) who need to re-organise their folder/s in MacOS occasionally.