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  1. Thanks, JimKn, but s2sailr method worked, so a virtual machine is not needed in my case. I agree that it could be useful if you want to be absolutely sure to not make mistakes with backup/restore.
  2. Are you a Windows user? Does your backup of your EN folder include a .exb file? If it does then you should be able to get your local notes back. The .exb file is your full database including local notebooks. Yes, I'm Windows user and yes I have the .exb file. I already got some notes back manually (!!!) from it, but did not replace the .exb. It's a too old backup (6 weeks ago) and I don't know what happens exactly when replacing the current .exb (someone knows?). Even if a merge is done, it would be a big mess in my notes... But thanks for suggestion. Ok, what I'm about to suggest is a "temporary" replacement of your .exb file so that you can load your old database and export your local notebooks. Note, I have done something similar but not exactly this so only proceed if you are comfortable trying this. - backup your current .exb file. For a belt and suspenders backup also export your notes, especially any local notebooks you have - disable sync - while you are doing this .exb file swap you don't want any syncing to occur. Go to Tools -> Options -> Sync and deselect Synchronize automatically - exit out of EN, don't sign out - disable your internet connection (pull your cable or turn off wireless) - this is an extra precaution against syncing - replace your current .exb file with your old one that contains the local notebooks. I'm assuming this is all under the same account so the file name should be the same - restart EN and it should load all your notes from the old file including the local notebooks. - assuming it did, now export your local notebooks in ENEX format - exit out of EN - replace your .exb file with the one you originally started with - start EN and you should be back to where you were before you started this process. - once you are convinced you are back to the way you were, you can now go ahead and import the export files that you created earlier - When you import the local notebook files I don't recall if you are given the option to import into a local notebook or if it automatically imports into a sync'd notebook. If a sync'd notebook you will then need to take one more step and create a local notebook and move the notes from the sync'd notebook into the local - once everything is imported and moved to local notebooks go ahead and activate your internet and turn your sync back on This should result in getting your local notebooks back. I did so and it worked. Many thanks! I only did a variation: I backuped/restored the whole Evernote\Databases folder, instead of just the .exb file. I think that at least the Evernote\Databases\Attachments folder is necessary (if you have attachments), along with .exb file. When importing (I use EN 5.6.4.4632), imported notes were imported in a new notebook with new name.
  3. I think you need to become more acquainted with Evernote & how it functions before you start making these claims. It's clear you don't have a good understanding of Evernote and cloud apps. I think I've more knowledge of both Evernote and cloud than average user and EN should take care also of users like me. My slip could happen to anyone. I perfectly know the difference between local and cloud data. I know what zero-knowledge is and I know some about security. Anyway, used to sync, I forgot local notebooks, when restoring my pc. My fault. But I expect EN to help me, on secutiry, and, sooner or later, meet my needs, if possible. Only synced and local. No other options. I bit too rigid scheme, in my opinion.
  4. Not true. Local notebooks offer a layer of security that is simply not available for cloud-based data, most especially when that cloud-based data is NOT zero-knowledge encrypted. Speak for yourself. The day EN abandons local notebooks is the day I abandon EN. I'm not saying local notebooks should not exist. I say a lot of users are using them because something else is missing. Between local notebooks and zero knowledge synced notebooks there are possible intermediate solutions that can cohexist. About the secutiry of local notebooks, I have doubts. Probably you use them in an highly secure environment (included encrypted backups...), but I guess that the secutiry of local notebooks of many users (me included) is somewhat overextimated...
  5. Are you a Windows user? Does your backup of your EN folder include a .exb file? If it does then you should be able to get your local notes back. The .exb file is your full database including local notebooks. Yes, I'm Windows user and yes I have the .exb file. I already got some notes back manually (!!!) from it, but did not replace the .exb. It's a too old backup (6 weeks ago) and I don't know what happens exactly when replacing the current .exb (someone knows?). Even if a merge is done, it would be a big mess in my notes... But thanks for suggestion. Ok, what I'm about to suggest is a "temporary" replacement of your .exb file so that you can load your old database and export your local notebooks. Note, I have done something similar but not exactly this so only proceed if you are comfortable trying this. - backup your current .exb file. For a belt and suspenders backup also export your notes, especially any local notebooks you have - disable sync - while you are doing this .exb file swap you don't want any syncing to occur. Go to Tools -> Options -> Sync and deselect Synchronize automatically - exit out of EN, don't sign out - disable your internet connection (pull your cable or turn off wireless) - this is an extra precaution against syncing - replace your current .exb file with your old one that contains the local notebooks. I'm assuming this is all under the same account so the file name should be the same - restart EN and it should load all your notes from the old file including the local notebooks. - assuming it did, now export your local notebooks in ENEX format - exit out of EN - replace your .exb file with the one you originally started with - start EN and you should be back to where you were before you started this process. - once you are convinced you are back to the way you were, you can now go ahead and import the export files that you created earlier - When you import the local notebook files I don't recall if you are given the option to import into a local notebook or if it automatically imports into a sync'd notebook. If a sync'd notebook you will then need to take one more step and create a local notebook and move the notes from the sync'd notebook into the local - once everything is imported and moved to local notebooks go ahead and activate your internet and turn your sync back on This should result in getting your local notebooks back. s2sailor, thank you very much! I've no time to do it now but it seems absolutely ok. I'll do it.
  6. Are you a Windows user? Does your backup of your EN folder include a .exb file? If it does then you should be able to get your local notes back. The .exb file is your full database including local notebooks. Yes, I'm Windows user and yes I have the .exb file. I already got some notes back manually (!!!) from it, but did not replace the .exb. It's a too old backup (6 weeks ago) and I don't know what happens exactly when replacing the current .exb (someone knows?). Even if a merge is done, it would be a big mess in my notes... But thanks for suggestion.
  7. In my early months with EN, I created 3 local notebooks. I forgot they where local (since I do not need them on mobile devices) so, when I recently restored my PC, I lost them all. I had a backup of the EN folder but I realized that it's useless. You can import notes only from enex, not from EN database. It's my fault to not have backuped with enex export but why on earth use a different format, for database and backup? This completely prevent from using PC backup. What makes me more ungry is that I used local notebooks only because EN still refuses to implement encrypted notebooks. They say it's because of zero-knowledge, password recovery, search, bla bla... But there are thousands (at least!) of users needing this and local notebooks are not safier than something else! Why crypting part of notes is ok and crypting a whole notebook is not? Why, waiting for the super-extra-encrypted maybe-notebooks, not provide some simple "private" notebooks (weak encryption, password recovery, search on at least title and tags) in the cloud? Most of us are not interested from hiding data from EVERYone, but simply hide some notes from curious eyes. EN says local notebooks are the answer for privacy, If I've lost them all it's my fault, they say. OK, if you will lost a client when a competitor will offer cloud encryption, it's YOUR fault, EN.
  8. I find that the back button, for saving notes, should become an application button. I have to "go back", for saving?!? so counter-intuitive that, even if I know it, when I am not using it for a while I forget it!!! Adding new notes should be a VEEEERY easy and straightfull matter.
  9. Vico

    My way to deal with tags

    I use prefixes, for tags, but only to specify very special tag types, of very frequent use: namely @ for contexts and ! for priorities (yes, I use priorities. I can feel your indignation... :-)). However, I do not like more elaborated or extensive prefixes. That's because I prefer not to embed hierarchies in tags. I prefer to combine tags, and intersect them in searches. "source: screenshot" I would rather split into "snippet" (or other word. sorry for my English...) and "screenshot" (or "web" or "email"). The same that you would do with "less special" tags, e.g. "print" and "service" to search for printing services (instead of "service: print").
  10. Vico

    productivity Simple GTD in Evernote

    Maybe we are a bit off-topic, regarding black.rhino kickoff. However, I do not mix Oulook and Evernote. In Outlook I use categories and folders to prioritize answers/handling. When I process an email, and the email/discussion involves activity/action, I create todo notes in EN, in my own GTD-like system. Processed emails are archived in Outlook (I have a pretty complex system for that, but all in Outlook). If emails have related reference data/attachments, they go to file system (files) or evernote (scattered/plain notes). There are a few exceptions when I really need to replicate data in EN.
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    Password Protected Notebooks

    In my opinion, we are discussing of two completely different needs, and I think it's a mistake, trying to reconcile them. Someone just needs a password protection on notebooks or, let me say so, a "soft" encryption. Useful for personal journaling, not-so-important accounts and so on. Nothing they care to protect from government... They only want to protect from prying eyes. Let's say "private" notebooks. Others need to store completely unreachable information. Not necessarily terrorists. Maybe politicians who do not want to let someone put his nose on anything private, or professionals who have to keep some data confidential, or, simply, normal people who are concerned to store safely the login data of the bank account. They need a safe or a vault. Let's say "safe" notebooks. Or maybe, the same person (me, for example) has the two needs. Why not just make available the two different features? "Private" notebooks, with just a password. Not strongly protected but searchable and, maybe, password recovery option. "Safe" notebooks, REALLY encripted, totally or in part. I mean: totally encripted, or searchable titles but unsearchable content. Without password recovery option, of course. You will NEVER succeed to make a compromise beetween the two solutions or convince the users they do not need one or the other solution. It's a useless struggle.
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    Password Protected Notebooks

    I think that encrypted notebooks are one of the most needed features! Not truly safe? Hey! It's my choice!!! They don't provide cars without brakes because they can wear out. Check your brakes, but brakes are usefull. World is full of softwares and devices with drawbacks. You can put your accounts into an usb key and that can be stolen but... it's not a reason to not produce usb keys!!! Encrypted/password-protected notebooks are usefull for a lot of semi-sensitive or sensitive data. Period. Drawbacks in term of indexing, security, ecc.? Let me know. I will decide if the option fits me. And I know will fit!
  13. Vico

    productivity Using Evernote for GTD

    On the contrary, I think that the use of notebooks is usefull, in GTD. You have anyway to choose a notebook. Why not choose a proper notebook, instead of adding status tag? And when reviewing, drag&drop is easier then editing tags.
  14. Vico

    productivity Simple GTD in Evernote

    @black.rhino I find your system interesting and very original. However I think is too much elaborated and I worry about mixing different concepts. For example you use contexts only for next actions, while it's often very easy to set the context before the action becoming "next", or you may want to search for contexts of postponed tasks. Also, you probably miss the benefit of splitting into more notebooks (you have to set the notebook anyway, why not choose a proper one instead of adding a tag? and drag&drop is easier than changing tags).
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