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How do you backup Notes?

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  • Jaswas Calculating status...
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    Mar 3, 2013 3:04 AM (in response to Jeff Kennedy1)

    Hey there for everyone. I had the same problem, I wanted to restore my notes from my Time Machine Backup.

     

    So its quite easy. You just open:

     

    ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.notes/Data/Library/CoreData/ExternalRecords/

     

    and the same path but on your backup. Then you copy the Folder with the large number onto your hard disk.

     

    And the last thing you have to do is to open:

     

    ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.notes/Data/Library/Notes/

     

    and replace the SQlite databases with the ones of your Timemachine Backup.

     

    Im not using iCloud so I dont know if this will work out when you sycn the next time. For me its okay

  • aThanasi Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    Mar 12, 2013 4:08 AM (in response to Jeff Kennedy1)

    You can use copytrans contacts in order to back up your notes as seen here:

     

    http://www.copytrans.net/support/how-to-backup-iphone-notes/

     

     

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  • JDfunky Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Mar 13, 2013 11:13 PM (in response to aThanasi)

    @aThanasi, you appear to be posting about software for use on Windows computers, not relevant to this particular thread i.e.  > Mac OS & System Software > OS X Mountain Lion >

  • ixber Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 21, 2013 9:52 AM (in response to Jaswas)

    My Library file is invisible. How do I make it appear ?

  • Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)
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    Mar 21, 2013 10:00 AM (in response to ixber)

    Open a Finder window, click on the Go menu then press the option key on the keyboard to reveal Library.

  • ixber Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 21, 2013 10:09 AM (in response to Jeff Kennedy1)

    Thanks Stephen. That did it.

  • dancetoday07 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 8:24 PM (in response to ixber)

    I decided the simplest thing is just to copy them to Evernote. 

  • Kjell Peterson Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2013 8:37 AM (in response to Jeff Kennedy1)

    This shell-command tells sqlite to write all your notes to a single text/html file:

     

    echo 'SELECT * FROM ZNOTEBODY;' | sqlite3 ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes/Data/Library/Notes/NotesV1.storedata > ~/notes.html

     

    As others pointed out, the notes reside in ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.Notes/Data/Library/Notes/ . If you want to restore your notes with Timemachine, you have to restore the whole directory, containing of NotesV1.storedata, NotesV1.storedata-shm and NotesV1.storedata-wal (these files seem to depend on each other). You can also copy this directory from Timemachine to anywhere on your filesystem and extract the notes with sqlite.

     

    For example copy the directory to your desktop and run

     

    echo 'SELECT * FROM ZNOTEBODY;' | sqlite3 ~/Desktop/Notes/NotesV1.storedata > ~/Desktop/notes.html

     

    Works great for me!

  • Roman1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 1:16 PM (in response to Kjell Peterson)

    Kjell,

     

    I haven't tried your instructions, but in the name of the whole community and people who care and use notes for hundreds of their notes (as it should be as it's the only app that supports the built-in iphone/ipad spotlight function and Siri) I heartily thank you.

     

    Thank you for sharing your hard earned knowledge. I'll try it and sleep better.

     

    Best,

    Roman

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 1:20 PM (in response to Jeff Kennedy1)

    Time Machine backs up everything without you having to do anything once it is set up. Use that.

  • Roman1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 1:22 PM (in response to Kjell Peterson)

    Alright: couldn't resist and tried it.

     

    Yes, my current iCloud stored notes were saved in a huge, badly readable and non formatted HTML file. At least the text would have been backed up in this case so the loss would be less dramatic. Still, no workable restore at this point.

     

    ****, APPLE, why don't you let us just drag and drop those notes to a folder, zip them up, and when needed drag them back to the notes.app?!

     

    [sorry for the rant, i'm so %$#$%@]

  • Roman1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 1:24 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Nice thought. Please try, before you post. Time machine, with the advent and intro of iCloud has lost a lot of functionality.

     

    I'd be thankful if you tried a case and described how a previous state (say an hour before, last week, etc).

     

    Thank you.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 2:05 PM (in response to Roman1)

    Notes are stored on your computer (just like contacts, calendars, mail etc) and are backed up by any local backup system, such as Time Machine.

     

    Roman1 wrote:

     

    Nice thought. Please try, before you post. Time machine, with the advent and intro of iCloud has lost a lot of functionality.

    Attribution please.

  • Kjell Peterson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 10, 2013 5:07 AM (in response to Roman1)

    Of course it would be easier to restore single notes if they were plain text files. But the format the notes are stored in is not as proprietary and obscure as I first thought. (Only the file-extension "storedata" is.) Actually it's just a sqlite-database that can be read and modified quite easily, as I found out now: There's a Firefox-extension called SQLite Manager that you can use to browse all of your notes - even ones that where previously deleted! Although I don't know for how long deleted notes are kept (and if all of them are kept), I can confirm that I saw one in there that I had deleted weeks ago.

     

    I hope that helps!

  • djevanstn Calculating status...
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    Jun 22, 2013 11:10 AM (in response to Surfalien)

    I just found your post today...

     

    There are a few things about this program I'd like changed, but it does "exactly" what I wanted done (a solid backup of the information on my IPHONE to my PC)

     

    Of course you already knew this, but I wanted to thank you for the post.  I'm really irritated with Apple for making this so difficult for me and irritating for so long.  I bought the program and it allows "anything" to be saved locally.   I haven't explored all the options, but I have the backup running now.  I don't see a restore yet, but again, I do have the data.

     

    Thanks !

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