Transferring Sierra Chart Settings and Data From Existing Installation to New Installation

Transferring Sierra Chart Settings and Data From Existing Installation to New Installation

To install Sierra Chart on another computer or another folder on the same computer and use your same data files and settings from your original installation, follow these steps:

  1. Install Sierra Chart on your other computer or in a different folder on the same computer. Download Sierra Chart from the Software Download page. Skip this step if the Sierra Chart installation you will be transferring settings to is already installed.
  2. It is necessary to determine the location of the Sierra Chart Data Files Folders. Select Global Settings >> General Settings in both the original (source) and new (destination) installations of Sierra Chart.

    Make a note of the drive and folder path displayed in the Data Files Folder box for each installation of Sierra Chart.
  3. Make sure no copies of Sierra Chart are running. To exit from Sierra Chart, select File >> Exit.
  4. Copy the files from the Sierra Chart Data Files Folder from your original installation (source folder) into the Data Files Folder of your new installation (destination folder). Any files that exist in the destination folder, that have the same name as the files in the source folder, should be overwritten and will get replaced. This is safe to do.

    The Data Files Folder contains Daily (.dly) and Intraday (.scid) chart data files, Chartbooks (.cht), Study Collection (.StdyCollct), Trade Window Configuration (.twconfig), Dynamic Link Library (.DLL) files. Chartbook files are your workspaces and contain charts, chart settings, chart drawings, and the studies on those charts.

    For efficiency, it is not necessary to copy files with an extension .scid from the source folder to the destination folder.

    You cannot copy the Data folder itself from the source installation into the Data folder of the destination installation of Sierra Chart. In this particular case you will have a Data folder within a Data folder. Example: C:\SierraChart\Data\Data. This is not correct.
  5. Copy the following files in the main Sierra Chart folder of your original (source) installation to the main folder of your new (destination) installation. Overwrite these files if they exist in the folder for your new (destination) installation.

    • Sierra3.cfg (Contains all of the global settings in Sierra Chart. This includes settings set through all of the configuration windows under the Global Settings menu including all of the Control Bar configurations. Chart specific settings, like the settings in Chart >> Chart Settings, are held in Chartbooks and not this file. Sierra3.cfg does not include Account related settings or Global Symbol Settings and can be safely shared with others.)
    • Accounts.config (This contains the Data and Trading service related settings including all Usernames and Passwords. Your Sierra Chart Account Name and Password is stored in this file. This file is encrypted.)
    • KeyboardShortcuts.config (This contains the Keyboard shortcuts configuration.)
    • TradeActivityLog.dat (The data displayed in Trade >> Trade Activity Log >> Trade Activity)
    • TradePositionData.xml (non-simulated Trade Positions data)
    • ListedTradeOrders.xml (Open Orders data)
    • GlobalSymbolSettings.xml ( Global settings >> Global Symbol Settings data)
    • SCStudiesDefSettings.ini (This contains default study settings that have been applied to studies. This file only exists if you have saved your own customized study defaults.)
  6. Copy the sound files in the AlertSounds folder in the main Sierra Chart folder of your original (source) installation to the AlertSounds folder in your new (destination) installation.
  7. Run the new installation of Sierra Chart.
  8. In the new installation of Sierra Chart, select File >> Clear Recent File List. This is so that you do not use file paths which are pointing to an older installation or to a file path that does not exist.
  9. In the new installation of Sierra Chart, select Global Settings >> General Settings. Enable the Always Use 'Data' Folder within Main Folder option. This will ensure the correct folder is always used.
  10. If you have any problems with the configuration from your original installation on your new installation, then refer to help topic number 39. It is very unlikely you will.
  11. Intraday data files, these have a scid file extension, that have been copied from one installation of Sierra Chart to another installation, may no longer be compressed after the file copy. During the first Intraday data download that occurs when connected to the data feed, the compression will take place if it has not already.

    During this process you will notice that Sierra Chart will freeze during the compression. This is just a one-time process because when Sierra Chart gives control to the operating system to compress a file, the operating system does it on the primary thread which will block the user interface of Sierra Chart.

    Therefore, after copying an installation to another system or another folder, periodic freezing of the user interface during the compression of large Intraday data files is not unusual. And it will not occur again after the files have been compressed.

Changing Data Files Folder

The Data Files Folder can be changed at any time in the new destination copy of Sierra Chart or the source copy of Sierra Chart. To do this, refer to Data Files Folder in the General Settings documentation.

It is highly recommended that you enable the Global Settings >> General Settings >>Always Use 'Data' Folder within Main Folder option. This will ensure the correct folder is always used. This is the easiest thing to do.

Updating Existing Installation of Sierra Chart with Files and Settings from Another Installation

Follow the below instructions to update an existing installation of Sierra Chart (destination installation) with all of the files and other settings from another existing installation (source installation).

The Transferring Sierra Chart Settings and Data From Existing Installation to New Installation instructions can also be used instead of these instructions. The instructions here describe a simple alternative method. It is less recommended because it gives you less of an understanding about the file configuration of Sierra Chart.

  1. Through your operating system file manager, go to the source installation of Sierra Chart. This is where you want to copy the files from. If you are not sure of the location of this installation, then open the Message Log.

    Near the top of the Message Log look for the line Program path: C:\SierraChart\. This indicates the folder that Sierra Chart is installed to. This is the folder you need to go to.
  2. Copy all of the files in the Sierra Chart Program folder and all of the subfolders in the source installation. You should exclude files with a scid file extension in order to minimize the amount of data copied.
  3. Go to the destination installation of Sierra Chart. If the destination instance of Sierra Chart is currently running, then exit from it by selecting File >> Exit.
  4. Place all of the files you copied from the source instance into the folder of the destination installation. It is safe to overwrite the files. Therefore, when prompted to overwrite a file, choose Yes to overwrite.
  5. The destination installation will now be the same as the source installation.
  6. Start the destination installation of Sierra Chart by running the SierraChart.exe file in the main Sierra Chart program folder for the destination installation.

*Last modified Tuesday, 30th August, 2016.