Using Database From External Hard Drive

Hello! Apologies if this has been answered before. I was wondering if it’s possible to save databases on an external hard drive (and not at all on my MacBook) and when connected, use DT3 as if the databases were on my MacBook. I’m trying to save space on the smaller laptop for performance purposes. If this is possible, and I think it is, do I sync normally to the hard drive and then, each time I link it to my laptop, my DT3 program will “read” it and perform as if it had seamless access to the files? Or are there steps to making this happen? The manual talks a lot about linking/syncing multiple Macs so that you can work on your database and files from different machines, but not really about how one machine can access an external hard drive (as if the files were on the machine) when connected.

Sorry for the convoluted question; I’m admittedly tech-illiterate! And, thanks for the help. :slight_smile:

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I have a few databases on an external drive. Nothing special about it. Just make sure you close the database before disconnecting the drive.

Welcome @Jgulledge

Putting the databases on an external drive is fine, but @OttmarKlaas is correct that you should close the databases - and also properly eject the drive - before disconnecting it.

However your discussion about syncing is unrelated. Sync data is not your database. So could you sync to a local sync store on the external drive? Yes. Is that the same as working with your databases from the external drive? No. They are not the same thing.

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