Copying Mega Database to your hard drive in ChessBase 11

Although this post will specifically mention Mega Database as our example, the process described here is fully applicable to any of the other DVD databases from ChessBase (such as Opening Encyclopedia and Correspondence Database), as well as to third-party database offerings. Let’s get started…

The (obvious) first step is to put the disk in your computer’s DVD drive. When you see the Windows popup which offers various options, cancel out of it. (You’ll see a “Run setup.exe” option listed in this dialogue. You don’t need to install anything, so don’t select this option. Just cancel out of that whole dialogue.)

Fire up ChessBase 11. As usual, you’ll see the database desktop as the initial screen in the program. Go to the left-hand pane (labeled “Folders”) and click the little “plus” sign to the left of “Computer”. The list will expand to display several entries below “Computer”, one for each of your computer’s hard drives and disk drives. One entry will say “Mega2011” followed by your DVD drive’s letter designation:

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Click on that “Mega2011” entry and you’ll see the database desktop itself change to display the contents of the Mega Database DVD:

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Click the illustration for a larger view

You’ll see several folders and a few files, one of which is the actual Mega Database (as shown in the illustration above).

To copy the database to your hard drive, right click on the “Mega Database” icon and select “Install database” from the popup menu:

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The next dialogue will ask you to select the folder on your hard drive to which you want to copy the database. If you already have a database in the default location, one option will be to append the Mega Database to the existing database (in other words, add Mega’s games to those of the other database). Since it’s possible to search multiple databases in a single pass using ChessBase 11, you really don’t need to combine databases. My personal preference is to copy Mega to the hard drive as a separate database, the second of the two options in the illustration below:

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If you opt to copy Mega as a separate database, you don’t have to copy it into the suggested default folder; you can use the “Browse” button to bring up the Windows file select dialogue and choose another existing folder (or even create a new one) into which to copy Mega Database.

After you’ve made your choices, click “OK” to start the copy process. Bear in mind that this won’t be an instantaneous thing; the files for Mega Database 2011 are nearly a combined 2.5 gigabytes in size, so it’ll take several minutes for the files to be copied. You’ll see a status bar which displays the progress of the copying task.

After ChessBase 11 has finished copying the files to your hard drive, you’ll see a new database icon on your ChessBase database desktop:

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Click on the illustration for a larger version

There’s another feature on the Mega Database 2011 DVD that you might want to copy to your hard drive: the updated Player Encyclopedia. We’ll look at that procedure (which is a little bit different from copying a database) in this Friday’s blog post. Until then…

Have fun! – Steve Lopez

Chessplayers who have purchased their ChessBase brand software from USCFSales can receive free technical support and advice on their purchases straight from me; just shoot me an e-mail (, but please remember to include the USCFSales order number from your ChessBase software purchase. – Steve

Copyright 2011, Steven A. Lopez. All rights reserved.


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