Second, just to confirm that by "data file" I mean the book or chapter being composed using FrameMaker. In our case, the FrameMaker program files are installed on our respective desktop computers (I _hope_ that's the correct term, ok?). The book and chapter files are located on a separate physical hard drive which is one of my company's network drives. It's about a month old Western Digital hard drive; specifically a "WD My Book Live Duo", Model WDBVHT0040JCH - NAS Server - 4 terrabytes with hardly anything on it because we backed everything onto another drive while this one was installed and have only moved some stuff onto it.
Third, I know what I heard and I repeated it to the Adobe tech support rep. And yes, he confirmed what I've stated here. FrameMaker 11 is such that the work files (as I've described them above) should be on the same physical drive as the FM 11 program files.
Fourth, my coworker has experienced no FM crashes since moving his work files to his hard drive where his FM program files are also located. Also, his files now seem to open and process far faster than before. Go figure. Maybe my FM 8.0 installation is more forgiving of some unknown cross-drive anomaly and my coworker's FM 11.0 installation demands absolute perfection of all hardware and software components. I don't know.
I'm sorry that there is so much disagreement, but as I also said, I will be glad to provide this rep's name and e-mail address so any of you can follow up with him on your own.
-- Ken in Atlanta
From: Dov Isaacs <isa...@adobe.com>
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Subject: RE: "FrameMaker has detected a problem and must quit" Really?!
Sorry I couldn’t respond to this thread earlier. Driving much of the day yesterday and I don’t “do e-mail” while driving. J
I am seriously hoping that there was a serious misunderstanding between Ken Poshedly and the tech support person he spoke with. Maybe a language issue one of a definition of what a “data file” is.
For the record, there is absolutely no restriction in FrameMaker – any version – as to where FrameMaker document files (.fm files), FrameMaker book files, or any assets used by same may reside on a user’s system. As long as Windows can open the file for input and output, FrameMaker can open the document or book. FrameMaker documents may be on the system volume or any other volume available under Windows including external drives, SSDs, thumb drives, network shares, etc.
Then there are the “data files” used internally by FrameMaker including those in <X:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\AdobeFrameMaker11\fminit> where X:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\AdobeFrameMaker11 is the location where you designate that FrameMaker be installed and <C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\FrameMaker\11> where username is the user’s Window login ID. Maybe there was some issue of what happens if you designate a location for FrameMaker installation that isn’t the system volume or if you move the <C:\Users\username> directory to someplace other than the system volume. I have not experienced problems with FrameMaker 11 installed on a volume other than the system volume. I have not attempted to muck around with location of the <C:\Users\username> directory which could be playing with fire with not only FrameMaker, but other Windows applications.
Nonetheless, assuming a reasonably normal installation of FrameMaker 11, you should have no problem with storing your FrameMaker documents and associated assets anywhere that you can open a file within your system’s file system.
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