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dstillman [Locating Your Zotero Data]
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 ===== Locating Your Zotero Data ===== ===== Locating Your Zotero Data =====
  
-The easiest and most reliable way to find your Zotero data is by clicking the "Show Data Directory"​ button in the [[preferences/​advanced|Advanced]] tab of your Zotero [[preferences|Preferences]] window.+The easiest and most reliable way to find your Zotero data is by clicking the "Show Data Directory"​ button in the [[preferences/​advanced|Advanced]] tab of your Zotero [[preferences|Preferences]] window. This will reveal the folder on your computer that contains your Zotero database and attachment files.
  
 ==== Default Locations ==== ==== Default Locations ====
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 ===== Library Contents ===== ===== Library Contents =====
  
-The most important file in the '​zotero' ​directory is the zotero.sqlite file, which contains the majority of your data: item metadata, notes, tags, etc. The directory also contains a '​storage'​ subdirectory,​ containing all of your file attachments,​ such as PDFs, web snapshots, audio files, or any other files you have imported (note that files that are [[attaching_files|linked]] are not copied into this subdirectory).+The most important file in the data directory is the zotero.sqlite file, which contains the majority of your data: item metadata, notes, tags, etc. The directory also contains a '​storage'​ subdirectory,​ containing all of your file attachments,​ such as PDFs, web snapshots, audio files, or any other files you have imported (note that files that are [[attaching_files|linked]] are not copied into this subdirectory).
  
 Your '​zotero'​ directory will likely contain several other files. These can include zotero.sqlite.bak (an automatic backup of zotero.sqlite,​ which is updated when you quit Zotero and the existing zotero.sqlite.bak file hasn't been updated in the last 12 hours) and zotero.sqlite.[number].bak files (automatic backups of zotero.sqlite that are created during certain Zotero updates). Your '​zotero'​ directory will likely contain several other files. These can include zotero.sqlite.bak (an automatic backup of zotero.sqlite,​ which is updated when you quit Zotero and the existing zotero.sqlite.bak file hasn't been updated in the last 12 hours) and zotero.sqlite.[number].bak files (automatic backups of zotero.sqlite that are created during certain Zotero updates).
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 If you were not using Zotero syncing (or were but don't want to perform a full sync) and have a backup of your Zotero data directory, you can restore your library by replacing your active data directory with your backed-up data directory. If you were not using Zotero syncing (or were but don't want to perform a full sync) and have a backup of your Zotero data directory, you can restore your library by replacing your active data directory with your backed-up data directory.
  
-Open the Advanced pane of the Zotero preferences and make a note of the specified path under Data Directory Location. (By default, this will be "​Zotero"​ within your home directory.) Click "Show Data Directory",​ which should reveal your active data directory containing zotero.sqlite and possibly a '​storage'​ subdirectory. Close Zotero, move one level up in the filesystem (Cmd-up-arrow on macOS, Alt-up-arrow on Windows), and rename the directory to "​Zotero-Old"​. Next, copy the data directory from your backup to the original location.+Open the Advanced pane of the Zotero preferences and make a note of the specified path under Data Directory Location. (By default, this will be "​Zotero"​ within your home directory.) Click "Show Data Directory",​ which should reveal your active data directory containing zotero.sqlite and possibly a '​storage'​ subdirectory. Close Zotero, move one level up in the filesystem (Cmd-up-arrow on macOS, Alt-up-arrow on Windows), and rename the directory to "​Zotero-Old"​. Next, copy the data directory from your backup to the original location ​(e.g., "​Zotero"​).
  
 When you reopen Zotero, you should see your restored Zotero data. When you reopen Zotero, you should see your restored Zotero data.
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