unable to create library

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1alfaebooksp
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unable to create library

I am scanning my whole drive now to build the database on the pro version. The application starts off but doesnt get past importing 0. It runs for about 5 minutes CPu 14% then just stops back at the main scan screen with nothing in the database and 0% CPU. - this isn't looking good just after purchase! I've never had problems like this with calibre. I opted for this because it seemed faster and less cumbersome. But now I'm putting it through real-life work I'm not getting the results I expected!

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My drive has a combination of calibre libraries and standalone ebooks/documents. I'm importing my biggest calibre library at the moment (it's been running about half hour and seems ok). the error seems to be with a direct scan rather than import. The drive has around 100,000 files but a good amount of those are .doc and .txt files which I have deselected.

laptop is windows 10 i7 8Gb ram documents are on a 2TB external usb3 drive.

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the import has failed too with error exception of type "system out of memory exception" was thrown

what do I need to do to get my money back?

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Hi 1alfaebooksp,
Probably you have too large database. Maybe you can split it in 2-3 parts?
Scanning the whole drive is not a good idea. DOC and TXT files are also parsed by default
Please try to uncheck all options in the Scan and select only file extensions that you need. This will quickly import your library. Then you will be able to use Books -> File Parser to retrieve metadata and covers

1alfaebooksp
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[quote=admin]Hi 1alfaebooksp,
Probably you have too large database. Maybe you can split it in 2-3 parts?
Scanning the whole drive is not a good idea. DOC and TXT files are also parsed by default
Please try to uncheck all options in the Scan and select only file extensions that you need. This will quickly import your library. Then you will be able to use Books -> File Parser to retrieve metadata and covers[/quote]

I was hoping that a paid solution was going to be an easy transition but it doesn't seem so. What you are suggesting may be okay but only if I had the ability to choose the libraries immediately from the main screen. From what I can see currently I would have to go to file and then search for a database file and load that. Is that correct or have you got a quicklink button for accessing the other libraries that I have missed?

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I see that there is a toolbar for open database so that solved that issue. I think splitting into separate databases will be no big deal.

admin
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1alfaebooksp,
thanks, probably we need to add the list of last opened databases

zuben el genub
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I downloaded the new version and it did find all the books scattered on my computer. It even addressed the duplicate books that were named slightly differently by Gutenberg and other free sites. Some books were just numbers.EPUB. Alfa seems to have found them all.

Now how do I save just the books that Alfa found without adding the 5 or 6 other versions of the same book? I'd like to transfer all the single books to an SD card for use in the reader.

That's that dratted Calibre. It doesn't want to edit my way so I wind up with a bunch of databases.

admin
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zuben el genub,
After you scan your library, in the Scan window select "Duplicates by ..." and click the "Remove" button. This will remove duplicates from the list you want to add