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zotero_data [2019/01/14 16:37]
dstillman [Restoring Your Zotero Library from a Backup]
zotero_data [2019/01/14 20:21]
dstillman [Troubleshooting Zotero Data issues]
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 If you open Zotero to find your library blank or missing lots of data, don't panic. Zotero is mostly likely simply looking in the wrong location for the data. You need to make sure that Zotero is looking in the right location for your Zotero files and that the right files are in that spot. If you open Zotero to find your library blank or missing lots of data, don't panic. Zotero is mostly likely simply looking in the wrong location for the data. You need to make sure that Zotero is looking in the right location for your Zotero files and that the right files are in that spot.
  
-Use the "Show Data Directory"​ button in the [[preferences/​advanced|Advanced]] pane of the Zotero preferences to reveal the current data directory. If this isn't the directory you were expecting, you can either specify a different data directory from the preferences or, with Zotero closed, rename that directory (e.g., to "​Zotero-Old"​) and move your desired Zotero directory to the specified location. If you're not sure where your most recent Zotero data is located, it's a good idea to look for larger versions of zotero.sqlite or zotero.sqlite.bak stored elsewhere on your hard drive and to look at the dates of folders within the '​storage'​ directory.+Use the "Show Data Directory"​ button in the [[preferences/​advanced|Advanced]] pane of the Zotero preferences to reveal the current data directory. If this isn't the directory you were expecting, you can either specify a different data directory from the preferences or, with Zotero closed, rename that directory (e.g., to "​Zotero-Old"​) and move your desired Zotero directory to the specified location. If you're not sure where your most recent Zotero data is located, it's a good idea to look for larger versions of zotero.sqlite or zotero.sqlite.bak stored elsewhere on your hard drive and to look at the dates of folders within the '​storage'​ directory. An empty Zotero database will be either approximately 1 MB (~1,000 KB) or 5 MB.
  
 If you have recently updated to Zotero 5 and are missing data, see [[kb/​data_missing_after_zotero_5_upgrade|Missing Data After Zotero 5 Upgrade]]. If you have recently updated to Zotero 5 and are missing data, see [[kb/​data_missing_after_zotero_5_upgrade|Missing Data After Zotero 5 Upgrade]].
  
-Unless you have a good reason to use a custom data directory location, we recommend using the default location in your home directory.+Unless you have a good reason to use a custom data directory location, we recommend using the [[#​default_locations|default location]] in your home directory.
  
 When specifying a custom data directory location, keep in mind that Zotero doesn'​t move or copy any data. You still need to copy your data into the specified location. Also, when pointing the data directory location to an existing directory, be sure to specify the parent directory containing zotero.sqlite and '​storage',​ not the '​storage'​ directory itself. When specifying a custom data directory location, keep in mind that Zotero doesn'​t move or copy any data. You still need to copy your data into the specified location. Also, when pointing the data directory location to an existing directory, be sure to specify the parent directory containing zotero.sqlite and '​storage',​ not the '​storage'​ directory itself.
  
 Finally, remember to close Zotero before making any changes to Zotero files. Finally, remember to close Zotero before making any changes to Zotero files.
zotero_data.txt ยท Last modified: 2019/09/01 04:05 by dstillman