Help. Does anyone know how to move Logos 4 to a different location other than my Macbook Air drive. An external HD

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Pastor Mark Lacanienta | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Oct 18 2011 7:01 AM

I am running out of space especially after Perseus Resources were added. 

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 18 2011 7:12 AM

Mark - There is not a really good way to do this. Your files are stored in your user account library. I have heard that it is possible to create a user account on an external hard drive, but I wouldn't know how to go about it.

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Matt Hamrick | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 18 2011 7:34 AM

Mark, I use Logos 4 on an external drive. First, delete the software from your computer. Then go to your account find the order info and reinstall it. Then there is an option to put it in another location. Change it to your external drive and click install. It will then install on your external drive. You will have to do everything again as a first time install so it will take a long time to index and stuff. Have patience and it will work out. I use a PC and not a Mac, but it should work out the same.

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Wes Saad | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 18 2011 8:04 AM

 

Matthew Hamrick:
I use a PC and not a Mac, but it should work out the same.

Unfortunately, no, the Mac version has no option to change install location (unless this has been introduced recently, and I don't think it has).

 

That said, moving the files can be done, but it's not recommended. But if you have no choice due to space, there are ways to do it. I've done it before and it worked well, though there will always be some performance issues from running off an external HD. The method involves a little work from the command line (terminal) and comes with absolutely no guarantees. 

As with anything on a computer, it's best to have a backup before doing this. Also, make sure Logos is not running.

Once again, this is not a Logos recommended approach. 

All of your Logos files are stored in ~/Library/Application Support/Logos4 and this is the folder you will need to move. The Library folder is hidden by default in OS X Lion, but if you open Finder, click Go on the top menubar, then hold down the Option key, Library will show up. So once you see the menu in the screenshot below, hold down the option key and Library will pop onto the menu.

Under Library/Application Support, find the Logos4 folder and drag it to wherever you want it on the external drive. Hold down the Command key when you do this, and Finder will move the files rather than copy them. Once this is done, you should have your space back on the hard drive, but you aren't finished yet - still have to do some work in Terminal. (If you copied the files rather than moving them, you will need to manually remove the Logos4 folder from ~/Library/Application Support - but before doing this make sure the Logos4 folder is complete on your external hard drive).

One tip to make a future step easier: after you move Logos4, navigate to the Logos library on your external hard drive and hit command-i this will pull up the info window. Part of the info will be the path to the new location. I've included a screenshot showing Logos4 still in my Library folder, but it will give you an idea of what you are looking for. Select the folder path and hit command-c to copy it. You will need this path when you go to the terminal.

Open terminal - either type terminal in Spotlight or in Finder look under Applications/Utilities. Once open, it will take you to a command line. It won't look quite like my screenshot, but it will be similar. Once open, enter a command similar to the following (more info below the screenshot):

ln -s /Volumes/My/External/Drive/Logos4 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Logos4

Instead of /Volumes/My/External/Drive/Logos4, paste the path you got from the info window, and make sure it ends with /Logos4 If I were doing this on my home computer, it would look something like:

ln -s /Volumes/Media\ Files/Misc/Logos4 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Logos4

In this case, Media Files is what I named my external hard drive.

(The ln command creates links on the filesystem from one location to another (look up symlinks for more). It will not work to just create an alias in Finder.)

Note that the command line doesn't handle spaces well in a file path, so you need to put a backslash before any space in your path. Instead of Application Support, it's Application\ Support. You can use arrow keys in Terminal, so just use the arrow key to backup to any spaces after you paste the path to Logos4.

Go back to Finder and ensure that you see Logos4 inside ~/Library/Application Support. It should show up like a regular folder, only with an arrow on it. If you click it, you should see the contents of the Logos4 folder, as expected. If it's in place, then fire up Logos and continue working as usual.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 18 2011 8:12 AM

Mark - I would wait for a mac techie before deleting Logos. How big is your HD by the way? How much space is available? What other programs & files do you have on your computer? Can any of those be moved instead?

EDIT: I see that Chris answered before I responded. He knows what he is talking about and unless you are really adventurous, I would advise you consider his warning:

Chris Roberts:
moving the files can be done, but it's not recommended.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 18 2011 10:08 AM

Chris Roberts:
moving the files can be done, but it's not recommended.

Caution: external drive needs to be connected to use Logos 4 Mac.  Also, changing external drive volume name or folder name(s) does not update link.

Another option for an external drive is a bootable Mac OS X system with Logos 4 Mac, which could have complete library while MacBook Air internal SSD has a "Lite" Library, thread => http://community.logos.com/forums/p/38693/289484.aspx#289484 has "Lite" steps.

Hardware option: MacBook Air SSD is upgradeable (might be prudent to sell MacBook Air, then buy one with bigger SSD).

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Wes Saad | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 18 2011 1:31 PM

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):
Caution: external drive needs to be connected to use Logos 4 Mac.

This is a good point to keep in mind. Take your Air on the road without the external drive and you won't be able to use Logos. This is the main reason why I don't run off an external drive. I had it on an external drive for a while, but a time or two of being away with my laptop and no external drive cured me of the desire to save space on my main drive.

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Matt Hamrick | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 18 2011 2:47 PM

Another option I forgot to mention Mark is to move everything else to the external. Stuff like pictures, music, documents, etc. That would free up space on the computer.

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D. C. Brotherton | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 17 2013 5:31 PM

Chris, your post was enormously helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to put together this step-by-step guide. It worked like a charm, and now Logos 4 is installed on my second internal drive instead of on my much smaller SSD boot drive.

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Joe Drisdale | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 20 2014 6:45 AM

D.C. I am considering moving Logos 5 to external drive, and would like to know your opinion now that you have had yours set up that way for a while. I have a MacBook Air with no room left if I upgrade to Yosemite.  Are you pleased with functionality.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 21 2014 4:52 PM

Joe C. Drisdale:
I am considering moving Logos 5 to external drive, and would like to know your opinion now ...

Welcome Big Smile

After internal drive failed in 27" iMac, used USB external drive for months, which worked OK.  The external drive was with iMac when wanted to use Logos 5.  Replaced iMac internal hard drive with SATA III SSD that noticeably improved Logos 5 responsiveness.

Joe C. Drisdale:
I have a MacBook Air with no room left if I upgrade to Yosemite.

One option is upgrading MacBook Air SSD => http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Air-Retina

Another option is upgrading MacBook Air.  Apple offers refurbished => http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac with same warranty as new.  Caveat: new models can take 4 to 6 months before available with 15 % refurbished discount.  When models are refreshed, older refurbished prices tend to decrease.

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