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Stickies gone :'( Save me!

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ameliaggsted Calculating status...
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Nov 11, 2012 10:51 AM

HELP !! I use stickies all the time, but this time when I reopened it once I had quit, all my stickies had gone!!

Just one blank one! :'( any ideas where they could be?


I emptied the trash just before, but I don't see why this time emptying should be any different, I only deleted movies and stuff..


I checked, I don't have a StickiesDatabase at all, or the  ~/Library/Preferences/ thing


thank you thank you for your help!!



MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 2:14 PM (in response to ameliaggsted)

    Hi Amelia,

    The stickies database resides in your ~/Library folder. It is easy to spot because it is the only item that is not  a folder. If it is not there and you have no backup of it, then it is gone.

    This may be a helpful little nudge to have a backup. Stickies you can lose, your photos for example would be more important. I recommend you buying an external HD, a firewire type, if you MacBook allows it, and use cloning software like CCC or SuperDuper and do a backup at least once a week.

    A cloned backup creates a mirror image of your MacBook's hard drive and is a perfect repository to restore anything lost on your main internal drive.

    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 10.5.8 iBook 10.3.9
  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,445 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 3:08 PM (in response to ameliaggsted)

    Hello Amelia,


    There is an almost identical free download here.    Download Stick 'Em Up for Mac - Desktop sticky notes application.


    Hope it will do the job for you.

  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,545 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 3:00 PM (in response to ameliaggsted)

    Is it possible that this is a new  file?

    Yes, unfortunately. If the StickiesDatabase file is removed or even renamed, and a new stickie is made then a new StickiesDatabase file is created to hold that new stickie. I think you have recreated a fresh one.


    I suppose you have looked on your old backup. If you find an old copy there, you can preserve the one on your internal drive at ~/Library, by renaming it StickiesDatabaseOLD for e.g and then drag the newly found StickiesDatabase file into place. Only have one file at a time with that name "StickiesDatabase" or else one will want to overwrite the other.


    However if the copy is really old, it may not have your missing notes.


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