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 ==Option A: Copy the data directory == ==Option A: Copy the data directory ==
  
-The most reliable way to move your entire library to another ​machine ​is to copy the [[:​zotero_data|Zotero data folder]] from your first machine ​to your new machine.+The most reliable way to move your entire library to another ​computer ​is to copy the [[:​zotero_data|Zotero data folder]] from your first computer ​to your new computer.
  
-To locate your Zotero data, open the Zotero ​[[:​preferences|preferences]] ​menu and click “Show ​data directory” in the Advanced tab+To locate your Zotero data, open the [[:​preferences|Zotero ​preferences]], go to Advanced → Files and Folders, ​and click “Show ​Data Directory”.
 See [[:​zotero_data#​default_locations|here]] for the default locations of the data folder. See [[:​zotero_data#​default_locations|here]] for the default locations of the data folder.
  
-Be sure to close Zotero on both machines before copying the Zotero files. +Be sure to close Zotero on both machines before copying the Zotero files. ​If you've already opened Zotero on the new computerthere will already be Zotero ​data directory with an empty database, and you should delete the whole data directory before copying the new directory to the same location.
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-In addition to the above methodyou can also [[kb:​using_multiple_computers|use ​USB drive to sync your data between computers]].+
  
 ==Option B: Enable Zotero Sync== ==Option B: Enable Zotero Sync==
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 ==Warning== ==Warning==
  
-Exporting and importing your library (for instance via Zotero RDF) is not a recommended option. None of the available export formats allow for a complete transfer of your library data, and this will break connections with any existing word processor documents.+Exporting and importing your library (for instance via Zotero RDF) is not a recommended option. None of the available export formats allow for a complete transfer of your library data, reimporting ​will break connections with any existing word processor documents, and if you use syncing later you will end up with duplicates of any imported items.
  
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