Before you create a database, consider the following:

Do you want to duplicate another database’s properties?

When you create a new database, you can clone the structure of another database. To do this you must know the location and file name of the database you want to clone.

Do you want to secure the entire database with a password?

When you add a password to the new database, the entire database is protected by that password and you cannot use security groups to restrict access at the folder or document level.

How large and numerous are the files that will go into the database? The amount of space required for the files influences how you will set the build buffer size.

Will users have access to the original source files or will the database need to be completely self-contained? If users do not have access to the source files, you can copy the source files to a data container file in the database.

Do you want to prevent Alchemy Search users from retrieving information from the database? You can disable the select, copy, launch, retrieve, and print functions for users whom open the database in Alchemy Search.

Are you using the Alchemy Content Management Suite (ACMS) and have an existing folder/document structure for your data that you want to automatically import into an Alchemy database?

Do you want to maintain your data files in a user-defined location external from the default Files directory used in the ACMS? You can create a Reflect User Directory (RUD) database that allows you to import an existing folder/file structure into the database and define an external location from which you can maintain your data.