OpenLab Chemstation C.01.09 can only store data in one place, and that would be a local disk drive. If you want to copy the data files to a second location, you have a couple of options:
1. Use the Chemstation macro language to write some code automate copying data files to a second location after acquisition and processing
2. Use an external tool or script to "watch the folders" where data are stored on the local drive and copy them to the network drive
No simple answer, unfortunately!
Thank you so much for your reply!
According to the manual, I could set default data path in Control Panel, add/delete data path in Chemstation View>preference, and use Sequence parameter to set data path as network drive or local drive.
You said "that would be a local disk drive", do you mean that if I set it as a network drive, there will be some undesirable consequences?
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You are correct that you can setup a network drive in your ChemStation preferences and have the software save directly to the network drive as opposed to the local drive. While ChemStation allows you to do this, this workflow is most certainly not supported by Agilent. You can easily lose data in that configuration if the connection between the network drive and the ChemStation Workstation is not reliable and the network drive is not available during acquisition.
Both of wydnaa's suggested workarounds are valid, though if you want a fully supported Agilent solution that would allow you save your data, methods, sequence templates, etc... to a central storage location then you could upgrade your standalone workstation to a network workstation with either OpenLab ECM or OpenLab Server/OpenLab ECM XT to manage your content.
ryoboyle is right, if the connection to the network is interrupted for any reason, data loss is going to be a problem.
The suggestion to use an Agilent-supported solution with the ECM or ECM/XT solution is the safest solution. With solutions like this, data are cached on the local machine and then transferred to the central storage solution.