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Archive for January 5th, 2013

Migrating password data from 1Password to KeePass

I’m compelled to write this because I migrated some password data from 1Password to KeePass and it wasn’t as straightforward as it should have been, and the KeePass 1Password importer didn’t work for me.

Mind you, this will only migrate data from your Logins, not Wallet, Accounts, Software, Secure Notes, Identities, or Generated Passwords. You’ll have to move this data over manually.

So, here goes. This was done with 1Password 1.0.9.305 and KeePass 2.20.1.

Open 1Password and unlock your database.

Click File > Export, and export All Logins as Tab-delimited text.

Save your exported file somewhere where you’ll be able to find it.

Now open KeepPass and create a new database (File > New…)

After creating your database, click File > Import.

Select Generic CSV Importer, and select the file you exported previously, then click Ok.

On the importer screen, click the Structure tab and change only the settings as follows:

Under Syntax

Change Field Seperator to {Tab}

Check Ignore First Row

Under Semantics

Move the fields in the following order:

  • Title
  • Notes
  • User Name
  • Password
  • URL

Here’s a screenshot as a visual aid:

1p_kp_csv

You can click the Preview tab to verify things are in order.

Click Finish, and your items will be imported under the main group (which was called NewDatabase in my case).

Comments are welcome below. Thanks for reading!

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Disable Thumbs.db creation on network drives in Windows

Windows Thumbs.db files can cause a great deal of annoyance when they’re placed on network locations. Not only can it cause extra resource consumption, but can inadvertently lock files and folders that otherwise need to be manipulated.

However, it’s easy to turn off the generation of these files. To do so, just follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, type ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit enter.
  2. Go to User Config > Admin Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer
  3. Locate ‘Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files’ and double click on it to edit the policy
  4. Set the Policy to ‘Enabled’ and click Apply, then ok.

That’s it. I don’t remember if it requires a reboot to fully take effect, but Thumbs.db files will not be created or used.

Questions, comments, or suggestions on the above? Please leave them in the comments section below. Thank you!

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