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 ==== Default Locations ==== ==== Default Locations ====
  
-=== Zotero 5.0 ===+=== Zotero 5 ===
  
 Unless you have selected a custom data directory in the [[preferences/​advanced|Advanced]] pane of the Zotero preferences,​ your Zotero data is stored within the following OS-dependent directories:​ Unless you have selected a custom data directory in the [[preferences/​advanced|Advanced]] pane of the Zotero preferences,​ your Zotero data is stored within the following OS-dependent directories:​
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 |**Linux**|<​code>​~/​Zotero</​code>​| |**Linux**|<​code>​~/​Zotero</​code>​|
  
-=== Zotero 4.0 for Firefox ===+=== Zotero 4 for Firefox ​(2017 and earlier) ​===
  
 |**macOS**|<​code>/​Users/<​username>/​Library/​Application Support/​Firefox/​Profiles/<​randomstring>/​zotero</​code>​ <​html><​small>​Note:​ The /​Users/&​lt;​username&​gt;/​Library folder is hidden by default. To access it, click on your desktop, hold down the Option key, and click the Finder'​s Go menu, and then select Library from the menu.</​small></​html>​| |**macOS**|<​code>/​Users/<​username>/​Library/​Application Support/​Firefox/​Profiles/<​randomstring>/​zotero</​code>​ <​html><​small>​Note:​ The /​Users/&​lt;​username&​gt;/​Library folder is hidden by default. To access it, click on your desktop, hold down the Option key, and click the Finder'​s Go menu, and then select Library from the menu.</​small></​html>​|
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 |**Linux (most distributions)**|<​code>​~/​.mozilla/​firefox/​Profiles/<​randomstring>/​zotero</​code>​| |**Linux (most distributions)**|<​code>​~/​.mozilla/​firefox/​Profiles/<​randomstring>/​zotero</​code>​|
  
-=== Zotero 4.0 Standalone ===+=== Zotero 4 Standalone ​(2017 and earlier) ​===
  
 |**macOS**|<​code>/​Users/<​username>/​Library/​Application Support/​Zotero/​Profiles/<​randomstring>/​zotero</​code>​ <​html><​small>​Note:​ The /​Users/&​lt;​username&​gt;/​Library folder is hidden by default. To access it, click on your desktop, hold down the Option key, and click the Finder'​s Go menu, and then select Library from the menu.</​small></​html>​| |**macOS**|<​code>/​Users/<​username>/​Library/​Application Support/​Zotero/​Profiles/<​randomstring>/​zotero</​code>​ <​html><​small>​Note:​ The /​Users/&​lt;​username&​gt;/​Library folder is hidden by default. To access it, click on your desktop, hold down the Option key, and click the Finder'​s Go menu, and then select Library from the menu.</​small></​html>​|
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 ===== Locating Missing Zotero Data ===== ===== Locating Missing Zotero Data =====
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 +**Be sure to close Zotero before making any changes to the Zotero data directory.**
  
 If you open Zotero to find your library blank or missing lots of data, don't panic. Data is never removed unless you delete it, so Zotero is most likely looking at a different database from the one you were using previously. 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. Data is never removed unless you delete it, so Zotero is most likely looking at a different database from the one you were using previously. 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.
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 If you're using the same computer where you originally created the missing data, you'll need to locate your Zotero data on this computer. Use the "Show Data Directory"​ button in the [[preferences/​advanced|Advanced]] pane of the Zotero preferences to reveal the current data directory. Take note of the names, sizes, and dates of the zotero.sqlite* files in this folder. An empty Zotero database will be either approximately 1 MB (~1,000 KB) or 5 MB. If you're using the same computer where you originally created the missing data, you'll need to locate your Zotero data on this computer. Use the "Show Data Directory"​ button in the [[preferences/​advanced|Advanced]] pane of the Zotero preferences to reveal the current data directory. Take note of the names, sizes, and dates of the zotero.sqlite* files in this folder. An empty Zotero database will be either approximately 1 MB (~1,000 KB) or 5 MB.
  
-If you see only 1 MB or 5 MB zotero.sqlite files, look in the '​storage'​ folder (if one exists) for folders with timestamps ​corresponding with your previous usage of Zotero. If you see them, this is likely the Zotero data directory you were using previously, but something happened to the Zotero database, so you may need to [[#​restoring_your_zotero_library_from_a_backup1|restore a zotero.sqlite file from a backup]].+If you see only 1 MB or 5 MB zotero.sqlite files, look in the '​storage'​ folder (if one exists) for folders with dates corresponding with your previous usage of Zotero. If you see them, this is likely the Zotero data directory you were using previously, but something happened to the Zotero database, so you may need to [[#​restoring_your_zotero_library_from_a_backup1|restore a zotero.sqlite file from a backup]].
  
-If this isn't the directory you were expecting, or if you don't see a '​storage'​ directory, you'll need to locate your previous data directory and either specify a different data directory from the preferences or, with Zotero closed, rename the current 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, look for larger versions of zotero.sqlite or zotero.sqlite.bak stored elsewhere on your hard drive and look at the dates of the folders within the '​storage'​ folder. ​+If this isn't the directory you were expecting, or if you don't see a '​storage'​ directory, you'll need to locate your previous data directory and either specify a different data directory from the preferences or, with Zotero closed, rename the current 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, look for larger versions of zotero.sqlite or zotero.sqlite.bak stored elsewhere on your computer ​and look at the dates of the folders within the '​storage'​ folder. ​
  
 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. 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.
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 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.
  
-Finallyremember ​to close Zotero ​before making any changes ​to Zotero ​files.+If you've gone through these steps and still can't find your datapost to the Zotero ​Forums with the following info: 
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 +  * The names, sizes, and dates of the zotero.sqlite* files in your current data directory 
 +  * Whether there'​s a '​storage'​ folder containing subfolders with dates corresponding ​to your previous usage of Zotero 
 +  * Whether your current data directory is in the default location ("​Zotero"​ in your home folder) 
 +  * When you last used Zotero on this computer 
 +  * What you've tried so far
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