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TOPIC: Is it possible to install and run ComicRack on an external hard drive?

Is it possible to install and run ComicRack on an external hard drive? 2 years 8 months ago #19666

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(go easy on me; I'm new here. :P)

Okay, recently my home computer, well, died (held a funeral for it and everything; 21-gun salute, bagpipers, the whole nine...). Luckily for me, however, I kept my comics collection -- all 14,000+ files -- on my external hard drive. But now I have no way to view them, as I'm only able to access the computer at work, where loading a program such as Comic Rack is difficult and frowned on.

So my big question is this: is it possible for me to download and run ComicRack exclusively on my external?

And if I can't do this, is there another similar program I can load onto my external to read comics until I'm able to get a computer that I can re-load Comic Rack on?
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Re: Is it possible to install and run ComicRack on an external hard drive? 2 years 8 months ago #19668

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Unfortunately, I don't think at this current time that COmicRack has a portable (usb/externa drive style) version due to the need of the .NET extension library. cYo of course can confirm that.
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Re: Is it possible to install and run ComicRack on an external hard drive? 2 years 8 months ago #19670

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And you would be wrong my dear oraclexview :)

I'm just quoting what the almighty stonepaw said in one of his earlier posts:
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You should be able to do this already:

1. Install ComicRack to the portable location you want.

2. Edit the file ComicRack.ini in the directory. Remove the ; from the line:
; UseLocalSettings = true

3. Run the ComicRack.exe from the portable location. This should create a new database and settings in the installation directory. You should be able to export your existing database and copy it over the new portable ComicDb.xml

4. ComicRack should now be portable. Note that the ComicRack still needs .Net version 4 on whatever PC you use it on.

But as oraclexview said, the computer using CR has to have the .NET 4 installed for it to work. That's the only requirement.
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Re: Is it possible to install and run ComicRack on an external hard drive? 2 years 8 months ago #19671

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Our IT guys update the computers pretty often, so I would imagine that the computers will have .NET 4.

Thanks a lot, man. I will definitely try this out. For editing the ComicRack.ini file, I just use Notepad, right?
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Re: Is it possible to install and run ComicRack on an external hard drive? 2 years 8 months ago #19672

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.NET should be considered part of a Windows installation and most (if not all) IT departments handle it that way (as far as I know).
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Re: Is it possible to install and run ComicRack on an external hard drive? 2 years 8 months ago #19674

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I thought I might have read that it might be possible to run ComicRack in portable mode, however I couldn't find where it was written at the time either. So thanks for the clarification everyone.
There will be a +karma coming your way soon {Oo} :)
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Re: Is it possible to install and run ComicRack on an external hard drive? 2 years 8 months ago #19680

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JackBauer24 wrote:
Our IT guys update the computers pretty often, so I would imagine that the computers will have .NET 4.

Thanks a lot, man. I will definitely try this out. For editing the ComicRack.ini file, I just use Notepad, right?

Yup, any text editor will have the job done. Notepad, Wordpad, OOo, Word, whatever :)
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Re: Is it possible to install and run ComicRack on an external hard drive? 2 years 8 months ago #19681

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Great. Thanks again, man. I'll try it on my lunch hour.
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Re: Is it possible to install and run ComicRack on an external hard drive? 2 years 8 months ago #19689

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That worked! Thanks again, guys. Now I'll be able to get my comic fix until I get a new computer. :D
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Re: Is it possible to install and run ComicRack on an external hard drive? 2 years 8 months ago #19845

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Hey, guys...I'm back. The program seems work just fine in portable fashion, but I'm having a problem with the ComicDB.xml file. Namely, it's automatically being saved to the computer itself...which means it's not portable. This is especially problematic, as the computer is set with a DeepFreeze program...everything is erased when the computer is shut down at night. So how can I set up the database file on my external hard drive?
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