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Yesterday I’ve upgraded my Lotus Notes to the last version (the 8.0.1). Everything worked fine, the only problem I remarked is that the Notes runtime has been installed into C:/Notes and the Data directory is still in C:/Program Files/IBM/Lotus/Notes/Data, that is the location of the previous install.

Since I’m pretty paranoiac about the directory order in the file system, I wanted to move the Data directory within the C:/Notes directory. I thought this was a hard and long process but, surprisingly, it consists of just changing a line into your Notes.ini file (the one in C:/Notes).

So, if you want to move the Data directory, first copy it to the desired location (copy, not move, just in case you want to rollback the changes). Then change the following line into the Notes.ini file:


Then restart Notes. If everything works fine after the restart, you can also delete the previous Data directory.

If you have Symphony installed with Notes, then you should also tell him that the workspace location has changed. To do so just edit this file: C:\notes\Data\workspace\.config\

changing the following line\:/Notes/Data/workspace

Note that now the data directory points to the new location.

After this everything should run smooth. Enjoy!