I have recently installed and tested the Mendeley Desktop 1.7 Preview. Before I installed this version, there’s an instruction asking me to backup my local database, just in case I guess. I have always known there’s a function for backup and restore but I had never tried it before. I could say I believe so much in Mendeley to keep my article collections safe (forever!). However, as I have spent over a year to manage and organize my existing library, I really don’t wish to regret later for not having any backup.
So here are some simple guide on how to backup your local database to another safe location.
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Go to Menu bar, Help and select Create Backup.
It will prompt you to select a location to save your backup in the .zip format file.
Select where you want to save your backup and I recommend you to save the file with a date indication so that you can have multiple backups with proper dates. After you click Save, it will prompt you again to notify you where the file is and it has been backup successfully. The process took less than a minute for me, maybe because my database is not that big yet. I have saved my database to Dropbox so I’m very sure I have more than one copy and it’s safe.
Having a backup but not knowing how to restore with it is quite useless. So here’s another simple guide on how to restore your database.
Similarly with Create Backup, just click Restore Backup. It actually shows you a few recent automatic backup states whenever you add new documents. If you want to restore the whole database, just click Other.
It will prompt you to select your database location, select the file and click Open. It will restore your database and you are ready to go.
I really love how simple and easy Mendeley Desktop helps its users in creating backup and restoring it. Fortunately, I believe Mendeley Desktop has grown to be very stable and a restore is really not necessary, though a backup is good to have.
Can’t wait for the Mendeley Desktop 1.7 to be finalized. It has some very cool interface and features. More about them later.