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 If you or someone else made unwanted changes to your Zotero library and synced those changes to your online library, you may be able to restore data by using a local backup of your Zotero data directory. If you or someone else made unwanted changes to your Zotero library and synced those changes to your online library, you may be able to restore data by using a local backup of your Zotero data directory.
  
-See [[kb:​sync_reset_options#​restore_to_online_library|Restore to Online Library]] ​for further details.+  - Temporarily disable auto-sync in the Sync pane of the Zotero preferences. 
 +  - Follow the steps in the preceding section to restore from a backup of your Zotero data directory. 
 +  - Once you see your restored data, were you to sync again, the more recent data in the online library would replace the data you just restored. 
 +    - If you're trying to restore a small number of deleted items or notes, you can simply duplicate the items — by right-clicking and choosing "​Duplicate Item(s)"​ — so that the new copies remain even after syncing. 
 +    - If many items were affected or collections were deleted, you can use [[kb:​sync_reset_options#​restore_to_online_library|Restore to Online Library]] ​to force Zotero to upload the local version of the library, overwriting previously synced changes. 
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 +If you're happy with the results, you can re-enable auto-sync and continue working.
  
 ==== Restoring from the last automatic backup ==== ==== Restoring from the last automatic backup ====
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   - [[zotero_data#​locating_your_zotero_data|Locate your Zotero data]] and make a copy of any zotero.sqlite.bak files. The timestamps of the files may help you determine which file would contain the data you're trying to restore.   - [[zotero_data#​locating_your_zotero_data|Locate your Zotero data]] and make a copy of any zotero.sqlite.bak files. The timestamps of the files may help you determine which file would contain the data you're trying to restore.
   - Close Zotero. In your data directory, rename zotero.sqlite to zotero.sqlite.old,​ rename one of the .bak copies you made to zotero.sqlite,​ and restart Zotero. You should now see the backed-up version of your library.   - Close Zotero. In your data directory, rename zotero.sqlite to zotero.sqlite.old,​ rename one of the .bak copies you made to zotero.sqlite,​ and restart Zotero. You should now see the backed-up version of your library.
-  - Were you to sync again now, the more recent data in the online library would replace the data you just restored. If you're trying to restore a small number of deleted items or notes, you can simply duplicate the items — by right-clicking and choosing "​Duplicate Item(s)"​ — so that the new copies remain even after syncing. +  - Were you to sync again now, the more recent data in the online library would replace the data you just restored. 
-  - If many items were affected or collections were deleted, you can use [[kb:​sync_reset_options#​restore_to_online_library|Restore to Online Library]] to force Zotero to upload the local version of the library, overwriting previously synced changes.+    - If you're trying to restore a small number of deleted items or notes, you can simply duplicate the items — by right-clicking and choosing "​Duplicate Item(s)"​ — so that the new copies remain even after syncing. 
 +    - If many items were affected or collections were deleted, you can use [[kb:​sync_reset_options#​restore_to_online_library|Restore to Online Library]] to force Zotero to upload the local version of the library, overwriting previously synced changes.
  
-If you're happy with the results, you can re-enable auto-sync and continue working. Keep zotero.sqlite.old until you're sure all your data is intact.+If you're happy with the results, you can re-enable auto-sync and continue working. Keep zotero.sqlite.old until you're sure all your data is intact ​and in sync across all your computers.
  
 ==== Restoring from the last upgrade backup ==== ==== Restoring from the last upgrade backup ====
zotero_data.txt · Last modified: 2017/12/13 23:28 by dstillman