Change the location where TOTAL stores your reports, images, and thumbnails
This document explains how to change the default location TOTAL uses to store your data files.
Document 6018 | Last updated: 08/16/2022 MC7
Appraisers who primarily work at their computer often find themselves running low on hard drive space. By default, TOTAL uses the drive it was installed on to store your reports, images, and thumbnails — and that data adds up quickly!
Fortunately, if your computer has more than one internal hard drive, one of them may have significantly more storage space than the drive where TOTAL is installed. To help you take advantage of this, TOTAL lets you change the location where your data is saved — no reinstallation required. Choose a section below to begin.
1: Create a destination folder | 2: Move your existing data | 3: Change your TOTAL settings
a la mode is not responsible for any loss of data that might occur during the process of relocating your files. Be sure to take appropriate measures to back up your reports and other files prior to changing your configuration.
TOTAL's folders should not be pointed to run from any of the following:
If you're planning on using any of the above, your installation won't be supported by a la mode, and you may need the assistance of a local technician.
In order to change where TOTAL saves your files, you first need to create a new folder for it to use.
We don't recommend using a NAS drive (Network Attached Storage) or a removable device to store your TOTAL data. If your new folders are disconnected from your computer in any way, TOTAL won't be able to access them.
Once you've created new folders for your data, choose a section below to move your existing data to the new folders. You can skip this step if you haven't created any reports or images in TOTAL yet.
All reports are now moved to your new Reports folder.
All images are now moved to your new Images folder.
All thumbnails are now moved to your new Thumbs folder.
Remember, your data has only been copied to the new directories and will need to be deleted from its original location to free up hard drive space. Verify your data was successfully moved to the new location and is available in TOTAL and then delete the data from the old location on your PC.
That's it! Any new reports, images, and thumbnails are now stored in your custom location.
If your primary hard drive doesn't have enough space, you can install TOTAL on another internal hard drive. But, this should only be attempted as an alternative if the previous options fail to provide sufficient space.