Jump to content
groovebak

mac Mac newbie question: how do you back up the EN database on a Mac?

Recommended Posts

 

or is there a thread on this already that you can point me to? Thanks!

 

-Bryan

 

Hi. It's pretty easy on the Mac. Just plug in an external drive and set it up as Time Machine.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=962

 

The database is easy to find.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=135

 

 

Backup up Evernote is easy.  The hard part is restoring Evernote.

 

One would think that you could simply do a normal Time Machine restore.

But this is evidently not the case.

Every procedure I have seen documented by Evernote, or posted here, requires you to

  1. restore Evernote from your Time Machine backup,
  2. then EXPORT all Notes,
  3. then remove Evernote completely from your machine
  4. Do a clean install of Evernote
  5. Import the files that you exported above.

The biggest problem with this is that you lose the Notebook associated with each Note.

 

Do NOT take what I have written above as the proper process.  It is simply what I remember from prior posts on this subject.

 

Perhaps GM or others can point to the official, supported procedure for RESTORING Evernote on a Mac.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

 

or is there a thread on this already that you can point me to? Thanks!

 

-Bryan

 

Hi. It's pretty easy on the Mac. Just plug in an external drive and set it up as Time Machine.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=962

 

The database is easy to find.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=135

 

 

 

 

 

or is there a thread on this already that you can point me to? Thanks!

 

-Bryan

 

Hi. It's pretty easy on the Mac. Just plug in an external drive and set it up as Time Machine.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=962

 

The database is easy to find.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=135

 

 

Backup up Evernote is easy.  The hard part is restoring Evernote.

 

One would think that you could simply do a normal Time Machine restore.

But this is evidently not the case.

Every procedure I have seen documented by Evernote, or posted here, requires you to

  1. restore Evernote from your Time Machine backup,
  2. then EXPORT all Notes,
  3. then remove Evernote completely from your machine
  4. Do a clean install of Evernote
  5. Import the files that you exported above.

The biggest problem with this is that you lose the Notebook associated with each Note.

 

Do NOT take what I have written above as the proper process.  It is simply what I remember from prior posts on this subject.

 

Perhaps GM or others can point to the official, supported procedure for RESTORING Evernote on a Mac.

 

 

Thanks! I need to get an external drive, I guess. Dropbox won't work? I'll read through those links later today. Thanks, again!

Share this post


Link to post

 

 

or is there a thread on this already that you can point me to? Thanks!

 

-Bryan

 

Hi. It's pretty easy on the Mac. Just plug in an external drive and set it up as Time Machine.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=962

 

The database is easy to find.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=135

 

 

 

 

 

or is there a thread on this already that you can point me to? Thanks!

 

-Bryan

 

Hi. It's pretty easy on the Mac. Just plug in an external drive and set it up as Time Machine.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=962

 

The database is easy to find.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=135

 

 

Backup up Evernote is easy.  The hard part is restoring Evernote.

 

One would think that you could simply do a normal Time Machine restore.

But this is evidently not the case.

Every procedure I have seen documented by Evernote, or posted here, requires you to

  1. restore Evernote from your Time Machine backup,
  2. then EXPORT all Notes,
  3. then remove Evernote completely from your machine
  4. Do a clean install of Evernote
  5. Import the files that you exported above.

The biggest problem with this is that you lose the Notebook associated with each Note.

 

Do NOT take what I have written above as the proper process.  It is simply what I remember from prior posts on this subject.

 

Perhaps GM or others can point to the official, supported procedure for RESTORING Evernote on a Mac.

 

 

Thanks! I need to get an external drive, I guess. Dropbox won't work? I'll read through those links later today. Thanks, again!

 

 

 

Yes. Dropbox (and other cloud solutions -- see my link) will work. However, maybe not exactly as you would expect, and at the end of the day, why just backup your Evernote files when you could be backing up and preserving everything? See this link for a Dropbox + Evernote integration.

https://www.cloudhq.net/dropbox/how-to-backup-evernote

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Isn't the beauty of Evernote that your database is stored on EN's servers, therefore is accessible on all your connected platforms and does not have to be backed up locally?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Isn't the beauty of Evernote that your database is stored on EN's servers, therefore is accessible on all your connected platforms and does not have to be backed up locally?

 

As I was trying to figure out how to go about backing up my EN database on a Mac, this very thought actually occurred to me just now and I came back here to post on this thread. Too funny.  I think I'm going to skip the whole backing up of databases and stuff for now.

Share this post


Link to post

You can never, never have enough backups.  I back up to a network connected NAS drive, my documents are synched with Carbonite, and critical stuff is in Dropbox.  Whatever it costs, it is far less expensive than restoring everything after a crash.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

 

Isn't the beauty of Evernote that your database is stored on EN's servers, therefore is accessible on all your connected platforms and does not have to be backed up locally?

 

As I was trying to figure out how to go about backing up my EN database on a Mac, this very thought actually occurred to me just now and I came back here to post on this thread. Too funny.  I think I'm going to skip the whole backing up of databases and stuff for now.

 

 

I could not disagree more with this. It is great that Evernote has copies of our data on its servers and makes it available on all platforms, but this does not negate the need for a backup. In the end, of course, it is your choice. 

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=962

 

You can just plug in an external drive and let Time Machine do the rest. You don't need to know where Evernote's database is. However, if you do want to find it, please show us screenshots of the other two locations as well. My guess is that you downloaded it from the appstore. I strongly recommend against that. 

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=135

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

I actually downloaded it directly from the Evernote site. The only apps I got from the app store were those that came free with the OS.

 

As for backing up, I'll do it for sure. I just haven't bought an external drive yet.  A little paranoia never killed anyone.

Share this post


Link to post

I actually downloaded it directly from the Evernote site. The only apps I got from the app store were those that came free with the OS.

 

As for backing up, I'll do it for sure. I just haven't bought an external drive yet.  A little paranoia never killed anyone.

 

Are you sure? The old button (a few weeks or months ago) used to take you to the appstore for the download, even though you were on the Evernote site (very confusing). It seems odd to me that Evernote does not appear in the location it is supposed to be, so I am wondering if that is what happened. Have you checked the other two locations?

 

Yes, when it comes to data, it is better safe than sorry. These days, external drives are very inexpensive, and Apple makes it incredibly easy to backup your data, so there really isn't any reason not to do it. 

Share this post


Link to post

I select all notes. The go to File>Export Note...

Then if you select, Format: Evernote XML Format (.enex) and check the box for.. Include tags for each note.

 

Then the message I quoted below pops up. 

 

 

This will export the selected notes into a single XML file that preserves the exact note content with attachments. The Evernote XML format is suitable for importing into other Evernote clients, 3rd party applications or backup.

 

 The message I quoted above says that format is suitable for backup so that's good enough for me. :)

Share this post


Link to post

I select all notes. The go to File>Export Note...

Then if you select, Format: Evernote XML Format (.enex) and check the box for.. Include tags for each note.

 

Then the message I quoted below pops up. 

 

 

This will export the selected notes into a single XML file that preserves the exact note content with attachments. The Evernote XML format is suitable for importing into other Evernote clients, 3rd party applications or backup.

 

 The message I quoted above says that format is suitable for backup so that's good enough for me. :)

 

You should double-check this, but I believe that this export does NOT include the Notebook for each Note.

Share this post


Link to post

That could be..

 

I also could not find the evernote file in my library as show in the links above, but regardless I do back up my mac HD using carbon copy cloner on a regular bases.

So were ever EN saves the database file I should have copies of it if I do need to dig them up someday. 

 

It would really be nice if someday EN simply added a backup and restore button. ;)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

 

I actually downloaded it directly from the Evernote site. The only apps I got from the app store were those that came free with the OS.

 

As for backing up, I'll do it for sure. I just haven't bought an external drive yet.  A little paranoia never killed anyone.

 

Are you sure? The old button (a few weeks or months ago) used to take you to the appstore for the download, even though you were on the Evernote site (very confusing). It seems odd to me that Evernote does not appear in the location it is supposed to be, so I am wondering if that is what happened. Have you checked the other two locations?

 

Yes, when it comes to data, it is better safe than sorry. These days, external drives are very inexpensive, and Apple makes it incredibly easy to backup your data, so there really isn't any reason not to do it. 

 

 

 

GM, I downloaded EN for the first time on my Mac yesterday. I don't think I get redirected to the app store.

 

Here's the screenshot. It doesn't even have the /containers folder.

 

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s14/sh/fcefe414-1279-42f5-b9ec-de0c8a2a076e/b585ebdee406517a2d73630af4d000ec

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

I select all notes. The go to File>Export Note...

Then if you select, Format: Evernote XML Format (.enex) and check the box for.. Include tags for each note.

 

Then the message I quoted below pops up. 

 

 

This will export the selected notes into a single XML file that preserves the exact note content with attachments. The Evernote XML format is suitable for importing into other Evernote clients, 3rd party applications or backup.

 

 The message I quoted above says that format is suitable for backup so that's good enough for me. :)

 

I'm thinking about going this route.

Share this post


Link to post

When I go to File>Import Note...

Then select the backup file I created in my post above I get this message.

 

 

Archive import successful.

Your notes have been placed into a local notebook named 'Import My Notes'. The total size of the imported notes is 21.8 MB and you have 1019.9 MB of unused quota remaining.
Would you like these notes placed into a synchronized notebook?

I then have the option to click yes or no.

 

I clicked no and it just left them all in the new notebook it created called, 'Import My Notes'.

 

Not sure I understand just what it was going to do if I clicked yes.

Share this post


Link to post

btw: I started with two notebooks, 'Work' & 'Home'.

It left them two alone, but I'm guessing you are correct that it would not recreate my original notebooks when doing the File>Restore notes...

Share this post


Link to post

 

 

I actually downloaded it directly from the Evernote site. The only apps I got from the app store were those that came free with the OS.

 

As for backing up, I'll do it for sure. I just haven't bought an external drive yet.  A little paranoia never killed anyone.

 

Are you sure? The old button (a few weeks or months ago) used to take you to the appstore for the download, even though you were on the Evernote site (very confusing). It seems odd to me that Evernote does not appear in the location it is supposed to be, so I am wondering if that is what happened. Have you checked the other two locations?

 

Yes, when it comes to data, it is better safe than sorry. These days, external drives are very inexpensive, and Apple makes it incredibly easy to backup your data, so there really isn't any reason not to do it. 

 

 

 

GM, I downloaded EN for the first time on my Mac yesterday. I don't think I get redirected to the app store.

 

Here's the screenshot. It doesn't even have the /containers folder.

 

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s14/sh/fcefe414-1279-42f5-b9ec-de0c8a2a076e/b585ebdee406517a2d73630af4d000ec

 

 

Please show us what is inside the application support folder.

Share this post


Link to post

Ok, after reading this again...

 

 

 

You can find your Evernote files at: (1)  Direct download from Evernote = user/library/application support/evernote, (2) Appstore download from Apple = ~/Library/Containers/com.evernote.Evernote, or (3) Appstore download on Mac with a fusion drive = /Library/Containers/com.evernote.Evernote/Data/Library/Application Support/Evernote/account/<your username>/ 

 

I found my evernote folder in location (2).

 

~/Library/Containers/com.evernote.Evernote

 

So from what I understand if I just copy and past the /com.evernote.Evernote folder to say my Dropbox I will have a backup of everything including the individual notebooks I created?

 

Then if I ever have to restore things I can just copy and past the /com.evernote.Evernote folder back to ~/Library/Containers/

 

Sorry to jump in on someone else topic. Think the topic starter and I are trying to find answers to the same questions.

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post

 

 

 

I actually downloaded it directly from the Evernote site. The only apps I got from the app store were those that came free with the OS.

 

As for backing up, I'll do it for sure. I just haven't bought an external drive yet.  A little paranoia never killed anyone.

 

Are you sure? The old button (a few weeks or months ago) used to take you to the appstore for the download, even though you were on the Evernote site (very confusing). It seems odd to me that Evernote does not appear in the location it is supposed to be, so I am wondering if that is what happened. Have you checked the other two locations?

 

Yes, when it comes to data, it is better safe than sorry. These days, external drives are very inexpensive, and Apple makes it incredibly easy to backup your data, so there really isn't any reason not to do it. 

 

 

 

GM, I downloaded EN for the first time on my Mac yesterday. I don't think I get redirected to the app store.

 

Here's the screenshot. It doesn't even have the /containers folder.

 

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s14/sh/fcefe414-1279-42f5-b9ec-de0c8a2a076e/b585ebdee406517a2d73630af4d000ec

 

 

Please show us what is inside the application support folder.

 

 

Here it is:

 

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s14/sh/d26ebc17-c15f-4f0c-89be-5873e83deb76/7d039a7ba3640cf2a24bc61eba4b6b92

Share this post


Link to post

 

 

 

 

I actually downloaded it directly from the Evernote site. The only apps I got from the app store were those that came free with the OS.

 

As for backing up, I'll do it for sure. I just haven't bought an external drive yet.  A little paranoia never killed anyone.

 

Are you sure? The old button (a few weeks or months ago) used to take you to the appstore for the download, even though you were on the Evernote site (very confusing). It seems odd to me that Evernote does not appear in the location it is supposed to be, so I am wondering if that is what happened. Have you checked the other two locations?

 

Yes, when it comes to data, it is better safe than sorry. These days, external drives are very inexpensive, and Apple makes it incredibly easy to backup your data, so there really isn't any reason not to do it. 

 

 

 

GM, I downloaded EN for the first time on my Mac yesterday. I don't think I get redirected to the app store.

 

Here's the screenshot. It doesn't even have the /containers folder.

 

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s14/sh/fcefe414-1279-42f5-b9ec-de0c8a2a076e/b585ebdee406517a2d73630af4d000ec

 

 

Please show us what is inside the application support folder.

 

 

Here it is:

 

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s14/sh/d26ebc17-c15f-4f0c-89be-5873e83deb76/7d039a7ba3640cf2a24bc61eba4b6b92

 

 

LOL. I wasn't paying close enough attention. And neither were you :)

 

user/library/application support/evernote

 

USER -> Library, so that means you need to go into users, find your username, then go into the library for that user. Is it there?

Share this post


Link to post

Now that I seem to have found the correct EN folder to backup I started searching for a way to auto sync it to my dropbox.

 

This seem to work well.

http://www.zibity.com/macdropany

 

That looks like an awesome app. Now if I can only find my EN folder, I'd be all set.

Apple hides the library folder (stupid decision on their part), so you'll have to get that to show first.

http://macs.about.com/od/usingyourmac/qt/Os-X-Lion-Is-Hiding-Your-Library-Folder.htm

Once you find it, I'd recommend dragging the library folder into the left-hand column of Finder so you don't have to go searching for it again.

Share this post


Link to post

Shift + command + G also lets you search for hidden folders, but I like the about link you posted above and how it says to enter chflags nohidden ~/Library at the terminal promp to make the library folder visible. 

 

Not so sure auto syncing the EN folder is a good idea or not. What do you guys think about that?

 

Was thinking if I delete something from EN or what have you and want to restore my EN from my backup it won't do much good if it already auto synced the folder. 

 

Maybe best to just manual copy & paste the EN folder into my dropbox for backup along with using carbon copy clone for my full backup of my HD.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Shift + command + G also lets you search for hidden folders, but I like the about link you posted above and how it says to enter chflags nohidden ~/Library at the terminal promp to make the library folder visible. 

 

Not so sure auto syncing the EN folder is a good idea or not. What do you guys think about that?

 

Was thinking if I delete something from EN or what have you and want to restore my EN from my backup it won't do much good if it already auto synced the folder. 

 

Maybe best to just manual copy & paste the EN folder into my dropbox for backup along with using carbon copy clone for my full backup of my HD.

Time Machine. It provides you with versions, it requires very little effort (just plug it in), and it gives you a physical copy. Dropbox, in my opinion, is not as robust.

Share this post


Link to post

Dropbox does seem to save file versions too.

 

Dropbox is like a time machine. It keeps snapshots of every change in your Dropbox folder over the last 30 days (or longer with the Packrat feature). So even if you saved a bad change, or if the file has been damaged or deleted, you can restore the file to an older version with only a few clicks.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/help/11/en

Share this post


Link to post

Dropbox does seem to save file versions too.

 

Dropbox is like a time machine. It keeps snapshots of every change in your Dropbox folder over the last 30 days (or longer with the Packrat feature). So even if you saved a bad change, or if the file has been damaged or deleted, you can restore the file to an older version with only a few clicks.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/help/11/en

True. If thirty days is sufficient for your needs, and you only need the Dropbox folder data, then it does exist. I was incorrect to suggest otherwise.You can pay more for longer retention as well, but that is about the same cost as a year of Evernote, so I wonder if it is worth it. I think Time Machine is a far superior solution for my needs, but if Dropbox fits yours, then you are all set!

Share this post


Link to post

I will be doing the Time Machine in addition to syncing the EN folder to Dropbox.

Just wanted to point it out incase it was helpful to anyone else.

 

I really like the link you posted to your backup info. Can never have enough backups.

I have been lucky over the years and never needed a backup, but I know many friends and family members that have had bad things happen and have had no backups to restore from.

 

Don't know why I did not think of Time Machine before. I found Carbon Copy Cloner a while ago and keep multiple copies of my HD and swap them out from my safety deposit box at the bank every couple weeks, but Time Machine really sounds like something I should be doing too, thanks again!

Share this post


Link to post

 

 

or is there a thread on this already that you can point me to? Thanks!

 

-Bryan

 

Hi. It's pretty easy on the Mac. Just plug in an external drive and set it up as Time Machine.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=962

 

The database is easy to find.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=135

 

 

Backup up Evernote is easy.  The hard part is restoring Evernote.

 

One would think that you could simply do a normal Time Machine restore.

But this is evidently not the case.

Every procedure I have seen documented by Evernote, or posted here, requires you to

  1. restore Evernote from your Time Machine backup,
  2. then EXPORT all Notes,
  3. then remove Evernote completely from your machine
  4. Do a clean install of Evernote
  5. Import the files that you exported above.

The biggest problem with this is that you lose the Notebook associated with each Note.

 

Do NOT take what I have written above as the proper process.  It is simply what I remember from prior posts on this subject.

 

Perhaps GM or others can point to the official, supported procedure for RESTORING Evernote on a Mac.

 

 

 

Restoring from Time Machine is very easy & simply a matter of copying the library/folder/whatever.  It does NOT require you to export to enex & import Exporting to enex is for restoring selected notes, not the entire database.  This was already discussed in this thread:

 

http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/29162-backing-up-to-carbonite/

 

People want to restore for a variety of reasons, so each case needs to be treated individually based upon how old the backup is & what has been done since the backup.  There is no "one size fits all" for restoring.  This is the case with not only Evernote (both Mac AND Windows)  but every single computer app on every single computer.  One case where a straight restore is sufficient is if you're simply moving your database from one computer to another.  In this case, a simple restore (copying the library/folder) is sufficient.  The individual issues that arise are if someone has deleted tags and/or notebooks & sync'd.  Or they are wanting to recover a note from their backup.   It simply depends upon (again) how old the backup is, what has been done since the backup & what they are trying to restore.

 

Additionally, if one needs to restore notebooks (from an enex file), it can be done in one of two ways.  Either export each notebook individually so that each enex file contains only notes that belong in say "Notebook A", so when you import, you know which notebook to add them to.  Or, apply a tag to the notes that indicates which notebook the notes belong to.   And when exporting, be sure to tick 'tags' in the export options - at least that's how it works on Windows. 

 

And to reiterate, ENEX files are not intended to be the main method of backup.  ENEX files are for transferring notes from one account to another or restoring selected notes.  So, when doing a full restore from Time Machine (as opposed to exporting/importing an enex file), notebook & tag information is retained. 

Share this post


Link to post

 

 

Now that I seem to have found the correct EN folder to backup I started searching for a way to auto sync it to my dropbox.

 

This seem to work well.

http://www.zibity.com/macdropany

 

That looks like an awesome app. Now if I can only find my EN folder, I'd be all set.

Apple hides the library folder (stupid decision on their part), so you'll have to get that to show first.

http://macs.about.com/od/usingyourmac/qt/Os-X-Lion-Is-Hiding-Your-Library-Folder.htm

Once you find it, I'd recommend dragging the library folder into the left-hand column of Finder so you don't have to go searching for it again.

 

 

Thanks for that! Getting around the Mac has been awkward for me at first, but I think I'm beginning to get the hang of it.

 

That link finally got me to the EN folder!  :D

 

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s14/sh/e8aee97b-1499-4e0b-bd15-0c23fd79103f/906ebb176088a2bb2699215f1b543967

 

For now, I think I'll periodically copy that entire folder to Dropbox until I buy an external SSD for Time Machine. Is this backup plan ok? Thanks for all the tips and insights (and Mac lessons), everyone!

 

-Bryan

Share this post


Link to post

 

 

 

Now that I seem to have found the correct EN folder to backup I started searching for a way to auto sync it to my dropbox.

 

This seem to work well.

http://www.zibity.com/macdropany

 

That looks like an awesome app. Now if I can only find my EN folder, I'd be all set.

Apple hides the library folder (stupid decision on their part), so you'll have to get that to show first.

http://macs.about.com/od/usingyourmac/qt/Os-X-Lion-Is-Hiding-Your-Library-Folder.htm

Once you find it, I'd recommend dragging the library folder into the left-hand column of Finder so you don't have to go searching for it again.

 

 

Thanks for that! Getting around the Mac has been awkward for me at first, but I think I'm beginning to get the hang of it.

 

That link finally got me to the EN folder!  :D

 

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s14/sh/e8aee97b-1499-4e0b-bd15-0c23fd79103f/906ebb176088a2bb2699215f1b543967

 

For now, I think I'll periodically copy that entire folder to Dropbox until I buy an external SSD for Time Machine. Is this backup plan ok? Thanks for all the tips and insights (and Mac lessons), everyone!

 

-Bryan

 

 

Yay! There it is. Now, if you've dragged the library into your left-hand pane, you shouldn't have to worry about finding it ever again. Copying the folder into Dropbox is fine, of course. As for SSD, I don't see the point in having one as an external Time Machine backup drive. It's a lot more money (usually, several times as much as a regular hard drive) with very little benefit (unless you are really pressed for time or something, I guess). See the link I posted above to the backups for advice on drives.

 

By the way, if you are dead set on backing up the Evernote folder to the cloud (Dropbox), why not choose another backup service that enables you to just point to the Evernote folder and have it backed up automatically? Sugarsync, Spideroak (my preference), and others do this.

Share this post


Link to post

 

 

 

 

Now that I seem to have found the correct EN folder to backup I started searching for a way to auto sync it to my dropbox.

 

This seem to work well.

http://www.zibity.com/macdropany

 

That looks like an awesome app. Now if I can only find my EN folder, I'd be all set.

Apple hides the library folder (stupid decision on their part), so you'll have to get that to show first.

http://macs.about.com/od/usingyourmac/qt/Os-X-Lion-Is-Hiding-Your-Library-Folder.htm

Once you find it, I'd recommend dragging the library folder into the left-hand column of Finder so you don't have to go searching for it again.

 

 

Thanks for that! Getting around the Mac has been awkward for me at first, but I think I'm beginning to get the hang of it.

 

That link finally got me to the EN folder!  :D

 

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s14/sh/e8aee97b-1499-4e0b-bd15-0c23fd79103f/906ebb176088a2bb2699215f1b543967

 

For now, I think I'll periodically copy that entire folder to Dropbox until I buy an external SSD for Time Machine. Is this backup plan ok? Thanks for all the tips and insights (and Mac lessons), everyone!

 

-Bryan

 

 

Yay! There it is. Now, if you've dragged the library into your left-hand pane, you shouldn't have to worry about finding it ever again. Copying the folder into Dropbox is fine, of course. As for SSD, I don't see the point in having one as an external Time Machine backup drive. It's a lot more money (usually, several times as much as a regular hard drive) with very little benefit (unless you are really pressed for time or something, I guess). See the link I posted above to the backups for advice on drives.

 

By the way, if you are dead set on backing up the Evernote folder to the cloud (Dropbox), why not choose another backup service that enables you to just point to the Evernote folder and have it backed up automatically? Sugarsync, Spideroak (my preference), and others do this.

 

Hmm, yea. I do have the free version of Sugarsync. I'll look into that. I don't know how big the EN folder is, but are there specific database and settings files I should focus on rather than the entire folder (to limit the size to be sync'ed)?

Share this post


Link to post

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I seem to have found the correct EN folder to backup I started searching for a way to auto sync it to my dropbox.

 

This seem to work well.

http://www.zibity.com/macdropany

 

That looks like an awesome app. Now if I can only find my EN folder, I'd be all set.

Apple hides the library folder (stupid decision on their part), so you'll have to get that to show first.

http://macs.about.com/od/usingyourmac/qt/Os-X-Lion-Is-Hiding-Your-Library-Folder.htm

Once you find it, I'd recommend dragging the library folder into the left-hand column of Finder so you don't have to go searching for it again.

 

 

Thanks for that! Getting around the Mac has been awkward for me at first, but I think I'm beginning to get the hang of it.

 

That link finally got me to the EN folder!  :D

 

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s14/sh/e8aee97b-1499-4e0b-bd15-0c23fd79103f/906ebb176088a2bb2699215f1b543967

 

For now, I think I'll periodically copy that entire folder to Dropbox until I buy an external SSD for Time Machine. Is this backup plan ok? Thanks for all the tips and insights (and Mac lessons), everyone!

 

-Bryan

 

 

Yay! There it is. Now, if you've dragged the library into your left-hand pane, you shouldn't have to worry about finding it ever again. Copying the folder into Dropbox is fine, of course. As for SSD, I don't see the point in having one as an external Time Machine backup drive. It's a lot more money (usually, several times as much as a regular hard drive) with very little benefit (unless you are really pressed for time or something, I guess). See the link I posted above to the backups for advice on drives.

 

By the way, if you are dead set on backing up the Evernote folder to the cloud (Dropbox), why not choose another backup service that enables you to just point to the Evernote folder and have it backed up automatically? Sugarsync, Spideroak (my preference), and others do this.

 

Hmm, yea. I do have the free version of Sugarsync. I'll look into that. I don't know how big the EN folder is, but are there specific database and settings files I should focus on rather than the entire folder (to limit the size to be sync'ed)?

 

 

The "content" folder is the most important one, as I understand it, but you probably won't use up too much more space with everything else. Use CMD + I (get info) on a folder to find out how big it is.

Share this post


Link to post

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I seem to have found the correct EN folder to backup I started searching for a way to auto sync it to my dropbox.

 

This seem to work well.

http://www.zibity.com/macdropany

 

That looks like an awesome app. Now if I can only find my EN folder, I'd be all set.

Apple hides the library folder (stupid decision on their part), so you'll have to get that to show first.

http://macs.about.com/od/usingyourmac/qt/Os-X-Lion-Is-Hiding-Your-Library-Folder.htm

Once you find it, I'd recommend dragging the library folder into the left-hand column of Finder so you don't have to go searching for it again.

 

 

Thanks for that! Getting around the Mac has been awkward for me at first, but I think I'm beginning to get the hang of it.

 

That link finally got me to the EN folder!  :D

 

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s14/sh/e8aee97b-1499-4e0b-bd15-0c23fd79103f/906ebb176088a2bb2699215f1b543967

 

For now, I think I'll periodically copy that entire folder to Dropbox until I buy an external SSD for Time Machine. Is this backup plan ok? Thanks for all the tips and insights (and Mac lessons), everyone!

 

-Bryan

 

 

Yay! There it is. Now, if you've dragged the library into your left-hand pane, you shouldn't have to worry about finding it ever again. Copying the folder into Dropbox is fine, of course. As for SSD, I don't see the point in having one as an external Time Machine backup drive. It's a lot more money (usually, several times as much as a regular hard drive) with very little benefit (unless you are really pressed for time or something, I guess). See the link I posted above to the backups for advice on drives.

 

By the way, if you are dead set on backing up the Evernote folder to the cloud (Dropbox), why not choose another backup service that enables you to just point to the Evernote folder and have it backed up automatically? Sugarsync, Spideroak (my preference), and others do this.

 

Hmm, yea. I do have the free version of Sugarsync. I'll look into that. I don't know how big the EN folder is, but are there specific database and settings files I should focus on rather than the entire folder (to limit the size to be sync'ed)?

 

 

The "content" folder is the most important one, as I understand it, but you probably won't use up too much more space with everything else. Use CMD + I (get info) on a folder to find out how big it is.

 

It's only 15 GB. I think it's doable.

Share this post


Link to post

I agree that Dropbox as a backup is not very robust and a little unwieldy unless you write a script that automatically copies that contents of the Evernote folder into Dropbox periodically. But I ain't doing that. 

 

I have constant Time Machine backups AND CrashPlan backups for those times I'm on the road and just in case Time Machine fails. The great thing about CrashPlan is that it's accessible from pretty much anywhere, so you should be good to go. 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post

×
×
  • Create New...