lostintranslation 1 Posted October 9, 2013 Share Posted October 9, 2013 I am a newbie to this forum, in fact I just signed up today to post this message. However, this doesn't mean I am new to Evernote per se, since, I have been using it since it's conception and absolutely love it. It is a life saver, particularly for myself, whom works as a freelancer. I will spare any further personal introduction, since it's not pertinent to the topic at hand. So, in July of this year, I decided to do a backup of all my notes (saved as one large (4 GB) .enex file). I had roughly 4,000~ notes at that point. However, I made a rather erroneous choice due to a case of overwhelm and have since learnt that my decision was reactive and misinformed. To cut a long story short, I was using Evernote to manage about twenty different projects (although this wasn't intentional, I didn't think Evernote was wise for this purpose, but, it gradually just happened, since I use Evernote hours each day), as well as using it to store almost every other detail in my life, that one can imagine.. sans, anything that could have long term consequences if there was a security breach such as bank account details, passwords etc. (I know I could encrypt those, but, still haven't felt completely at ease with that just yet). Needless to say, one day I realized it was hard to focus on any one project at one time, so, I made a choice to back everything up (using the rather poor choice of .enex instead of doing a direct database copy or using .exb - the latter two I have since learnt about after researching this very topic in the past week) and then proceeded to delete a lot of notebooks which whilst they contained perhaps useful notes, I didn't really need for the next five projects. This was all with the understanding that I could simply restore those from the .enex file at a later date. This exercise was more for my own clarity and to prevent any latent ADHD from disturbing my productivity. (Side note: I have now made the wise choice to migrate the projects to a proper project management tool and am happy with this decision!). So, fast forward to now, essentially I now have 2800 notes within Evernote, I'd say about 800 of which were created since the aforementioned deletion, and now I'd essentially like to use Evernote for the purpose I feel it's best suited for -- to collate and store a vast searchable collection of notes. So, this comes to question time... My question is.. I'd like to restore my old notes database (the one created in July with 4,000 notes), but, will this eradicate or delete any notes since that period? To clarify further, the way I figured I'd have to do this is to delete the database on one of my machine's (whilst disconnected from Internet) and then import the .enex file and then sync it. However, my concern is that this would cause Evernote servers to abandon my other notes or would they simply still sync since one of my other machines has a copy of the latest notes? I am not familiar with exactly how the synchronisation process works and what will happen. Therefore, if this method has the potentiality for me to lose my new notes (the ones created since July), does anyone recommend a more effective and safe solution for restoration? Summary: I want my old backed up notes and the notes created since then to be merged into one Evernote database (and naturally subsequently synced across all devices - Three windows, Two iMacs, iPad, Android phone and iPhone. I appreciate your time in reading a long introduction to the issue.. just figured since I'm a newbie to the forums, I should provide more information. And if anyone has any suggestions, I'm certainly open to them. Many thanks! Rich Link to comment
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