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Backing Up Evernote

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Overview

Evernote is a useful service for syncing files across your devices. But, like other cloud-based syncing services, it's subject to human error – you may accidentally delete a notebook, or you may want to return to an earlier version of a note. That's where CrashPlan comes in.

You can back up individual notebooks or your entire Evernote database with CrashPlan. This article describes the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and provides step-by-step information for each.

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Considerations

There are two ways to back up Evernote with CrashPlan: back up your entire Evernote database, or export individual notebooks and back up the exported files.

The advantages and disadvantages of each method are described in the table below:

Backup Method
Consideration Backing Up Your Evernote Database Backing Up Exported Files
Requires ongoing attention? No Yes
You must manually export notes or notebooks periodically
Supports restoring a single notebook? No
Your only option is to restore the entire database
Yes
Supports restoring previous versions of a single notebook? No
Your only option is to restore a previous version of your entire database
Yes
Backs up Evernote attributes (notebooks, tags, etc)? Yes No
Your options for exporting attributes may be limited
Test Both Methods
Still not sure which method will best meet your needs? There's no reason you can't do both!

Before you begin

To back up Evernote files, you must have Evernote installed on a desktop or laptop computer (not just a mobile device).

Option 1: Back up your Evernote database

You can back up your entire Evernote database by including the location of the database in your backup file selection.

Considerations

  • To restore notes, you must restore your entire database
  • Your note attributes (tags, notebooks, etc.) will be preserved if you restore your database

Steps

If it isn't included already, add the folder containing your Evernote database to your backup file selection:

Operating System and Setup Location
Windows (Vista, 7, 8) C:\Users\[Your Username]\AppData\Local\Evernote\Evernote\Databases
OS X (installed directly) /Users/[Your Username]/Library/Application Support/Evernote
OS X (installed via Mac App Store) ~/Library/Containers/com.evernote.Evernote/Data/Library/Application Support/Evernote/

Option 2: Export and back up notebooks

You can use Evernote's export command to save your files to a location that CrashPlan backs up. Follow the steps below for your operating system.

Considerations

  • If you export multiple notebooks to a single ENEX file (Evernote's Note Export format), when you import the file to Evernote for the purpose of restoring, all of the notes are imported to a single local, non-synced, folder. Your notebook structure is not preserved.
  • If you want to preserve your notebook structure, you can export notebooks separately.
  • We recommend exporting your notes using the ENEX file because it can be imported back into Evernote in the event that you want to restore. However, if you want to back up notebooks in a format that can be used outside of Evernote, you can choose the HTML format. You cannot import HTML files back into Evernote.

Steps on Windows

  1. Open Evernote on your desktop or laptop computer
  2. Select the notebook(s) that you want backed up
  3. Select File > Export
  4. Choose the ENEX export format:
    Windows Export
  5. Choose a folder location and export the files
  6. If it isn't already included, add the folder containing your exported Evernote files to your backup file selection

Steps on OS X

  1. Open Evernote on your desktop or laptop computer
  2. Select the notes or notebooks that you want backed up
  3. Select File > Export Notes
  4. Choose the ENEX export format:
    Export Evernote Mac
  5. Choose a folder location and export the files
  6. If it isn't already included, add the folder containing your exported Evernote files to your backup file selection
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