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A standard copy of Atlantis installed on a hard disk includes a "Tools | Install to Removable Drive..." command. You can use this command to install a portable copy (a clone) of your Atlantis on a removable drive.

On the other hand, a portable copy of Atlantis installed on a removable drive includes a "Tools | Install to PC..." command. You can use this command to install a standard copy (a clone) of your portable Atlantis to a host PC.

The above two commands can be used to install Atlantis on a removable drive or PC which do not have Atlantis yet. But they can also be used to synchronize two existing copies of Atlantis.

Let's suppose that you have a standard copy of Atlantis on a hard disk, and a portable copy of Atlantis on a memory flash drive. After working with a portable copy of Atlantis on someone else's PC for some time, you might want to synchronize your standard copy of Atlantis with your current portable copy of Atlantis, i.e. transfer all the Atlantis changed settings and files from the memory flash drive to your PC. This is done with a few mouse clicks:

Simply connect the memory flash drive to your PC, launch the portable copy of Atlantis from it, and run the "Tools | Install to PC..." command. Assuming that you have stored all the Atlantis files under its home folder (or any of its subfolders) on the memory flash drive, they will all be copied to the home folder of Atlantis on the hard disk. The current settings of your portable copy of Atlantis will be copied to your PC as well. In this way, both copies of Atlantis will be perfectly synchronized.

So these "Install to ..." commands can be used to transfer your customized version of Atlantis to a flash drive, and then back to your PC. Of course, you will use the same method to migrate your standard copy of Atlantis to a flash drive, and then, on to a new PC. See migrating a standard copy of Atlantis to a new PC for details.

Note. When you use the "Tools | Install to Removable Drive..." command to install Atlantis on a memory flash drive, all the files found in the "My Documents\Atlantis" folder on your hard disk are automatically copied to the home folder of Atlantis on the removable drive so that they are available to that portable copy of Atlantis. On the other hand, when you use the "Tools | Install to PC..." command of a portable copy of Atlantis, all the files (with a few exceptions) found in the home folder of your portable Atlantis get copied to the "My Documents\Atlantis" folder on your hard disk.

This is why we suggest that you store:

  • All the files, including the documents, of your standard copy of Atlantis under the "My Documents\Atlantis" folder on your hard drive,
  • and all the files of a portable copy of Atlantis under its home folder on the removable drive.

This will make synchronization of files and folders between hard and removable drives easier.

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