3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 29, 2015 2:59 PM by user19752

    Container Field options


      I have a database that has pictures that are stored on an external drive.  Initially the table that has the container fields was setup without the container field options and the picture path locations were provided with a script.


      I'd like to get a better understanding of what Filemaker Pro will do when I select the container field options;


      Store container data externally,

      Open storage:


      My question is will this action recreate folder structure of the pictures and store the pictures in the selected location and can I then delete the original picture folders?

      My objective is to reduce the size of the database and increase performance.

        • 1. Re: Container Field options

          When you change the storage to external, FM try to transfer contents, but file reference is not transferred.

          If you mean "picture path locations were provided with a script." as embedded pictures, they will be transferred, but setting field with image: path string don't embed.

          • 2. Re: Container Field options

            My database was ported over to a Mac running FileMaker Pro from a PC running Access 2010 and the external drive used to store the pictures was connected to the Mac. Because the drive name, picture directories didn't change, I wrote a script to use the existing pathname field to insert the found picture into the FM container field that had no options set.


            So, if I understand your answer correctly when I select "Store container data external", FM will transfer contents to the selected location.  Won't this duplicate the existing pictures and directories?

            • 3. Re: Container Field options

              When changing storage to external, pictures will be duplicated from source path to external container path. I hadn't tried 2 paths as same folder.