Spanning an Archive over Multiple Drives using the SOLIDWORKS PDM Relocate Tool

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated December 30, 2014


PLEASE NOTE that this PDM Relocate Tool article has been updated to reflect the changes to PDM 2016. This article is still relevant for earlier versions of SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM.

The SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive can be spanned over multiple drives. This can be useful when a drive is nearly full.

The first step is to create a full backup of the database and the archive. No one should be accessing files in the vault during this process and if possible all files should be checked in.

The Relocate tool is located in Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS PDM > Archive Server Configuration.

Windows start menu

Windows start menu

Expand the server list, right-click on the vault archive you would like to span and select Relocate.

Relocate Tool

Relocate Tool

Click Add to add the destination folder where part or all of the archive will be moved to and browse to that folder. The slider is used to define what percentage of the archive will be moved to destination folder.

EPDM Relocate Options

PDM Relocate Options

Perhaps a better method of addressing disk space issues, is Cold Storage. Information on Cold Storage can be found in the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Administration guide. This guide is available from the Help pull-down menu in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Administration.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.