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Subject: How do you back up Calibre eBooks?
Date Posted: 2/9/2013 6:42 PM ET
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All the eBooks are in folders with subfolders with various components. It has been hard trying to make copies of folders. Most of the places I am trying to copy the ebooks to seem to just copy individual FILES not folders. Especially for any Cloud storage.

I have over 200 Calibre folders right now. That means I'd have to go into each individual folder & then the subfolder just to find the actual eBook to upload to back up. I'd also have to separately upload all the covers & metadata and stuff I had to manually add onto the eBooks when I uploaded them all to Calibre. I'd  also have to create new folders & subfolders, appropriately name them all, just to put all the data into. That seems like a lot of work.

Is there an easier way to do a Calibre back up?

 

 

Date Posted: 2/9/2013 7:50 PM ET
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Yes there is. If you are backing up to a cloud, you can use a sync service such as Sugarsync, Dropbox, or Box.com. I have 4 of my Calibre libraries backed up with Sugarsync, and everytime I make a change in one of those libraries, it is automatically synced.  It's pretty awesome.

If you want to back up your Calibre library to a local drive, you can use Microsoft Synctoy. It is a free program that works really well for that.

Date Posted: 2/9/2013 10:01 PM ET
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I thought there was a button on the top to back up all of your files? Does it not deal with folders?
Date Posted: 2/9/2013 10:16 PM ET
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I use Carbonite, and I just click on each library file inside the Calibre library, and it automatically selects all the subfolders and files inside. So it may depend on what system your using to backup.

Also, I send my files to a seperate directory, and I save only the Epub files to backup seperately. You can configure how you want the books to come out, in what folders, how you want the title to be....

Go to [Preferences] --> [Saving Books to Disk]

There are varioius options. I have checked...

[] Update Metadat in Saved Copies

[] Show Files in File Browser after Saving to disk (so I make sure to see that I saved them in the right file.

[] Convert non-English character to English equivalents

on the [Save Template] I have Calibre list the books as...

{tags}/{title}-{author_sort}

This means no matter what it looks like in Calibre it'll save the book in a file with the title from the Tags column, with the file name as book title and author name. (Last name first)

(There's a list of what variables you can use.)

That way, if you only want to save one format, in your own way, you can save all your books to the file of your choice. So there are various ways to format the books for back ups.

Date Posted: 2/9/2013 11:43 PM ET
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Call me old fashion I have mine on Flash Drive!  Then All my ebooks are safe! 

Date Posted: 2/10/2013 1:16 AM ET
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I can see having them on both flash drive and a cloud account. One in case your hard drive dies. One in case of something happens to your home. Mine are on a flash drive. But I do question if that is enough, now that some of those bookstores are defunct.

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Date Posted: 2/10/2013 1:32 AM ET
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Anne: thanks for the suggestions. I remembered that part of the problem I have with trying to upload to Clouds is that I still have a Windows XP computer. It doesn't work well for trying to upload folders. I was able to get the folders up to my Google Drive account but it took a loooong time uploading. sad Microsoft Skydrive requires Win 7 or higher for more complex uploading. Even their app won't work with XP. I think a lot of the other clouds are similar.


Emily & Cindy: Wow, I am continually amazed that Calibre is more complex than I think it is. I'll check the "Saving Books to Disk" button later. laugh



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Date Posted: 2/10/2013 10:56 AM ET
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Also, if you have a safe deposit box at your bank, a burned dvd will fill catty-cornered in them. I think we had the smaller box, and could fit several burned DVD's in that way. We did that for years until the box got too expensive and we bought a large home Media Safe for less. We still put put stuff on the small pocket drives and put them in the media safe as well as off-site storage.

I wouldn't trust a flash drive for anything long term. They do just 'quit' once in a while for no reason. I've had that happen. Some brands are longer lasting than others, but I don't remember which are the better ones right now.

Date Posted: 2/10/2013 12:51 PM ET
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Oh here's a deal worth looking into

https://www.box.com/signup/o/dell_50gb_give_get


http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33153_7...ount-for-free/

I haven't followed the links. But i wanted to share because I got the 50GB deal when they were running it before (all you had to do was create an android app account). And the have a sync capability. I am not currently using box for my Calibre library. But I think it could be done. At any rate, 50GB should hold anyone's library!

 

Date Posted: 2/10/2013 8:59 PM ET
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"Oh here's a deal worth looking into

https://www.box.com/signup/o/dell_50gb_give_get"
 

Thanks Anne! It's nice to have a cloud backup resource for my cloud backups. LOL! yes

50 GBs is a lot! It does say the maximum file size is 250 MBs for their free account. So other than large video files, one can definitely upload a lot of files. And this does work with Win XP. yes

One nice feature I noticed while playing around & uploading some files to Box.com is that they have a nice PDF file previewer. I collect a lot of craft project instructions in small PDF files. I usually give the files very descriptive names as I was never able to see any pictures of the projects without taking the time to open each PDF file, which takes several seconds. Box.com lets me scroll though all the pages & pictures in the PDF files really quickly without having to open them

 



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Date Posted: 2/11/2013 6:15 AM ET
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That's good to know, Eve. I used my Box account last summer to upload 300 pics I took at Girl Scout camp, then shared with all the mothers. Hopefully they were able to look through them quickly and get the ones they wanted.

Date Posted: 2/11/2013 6:39 PM ET
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eBooks are not my top interest during an emergancy!  My computer stores them My 2 Kindles have them....Amazon has them stored.  & I have a Flash Drive.   DRM Removed & stores them.   BUT in an emergancy Me my dogs & my kid is #1 on the get out quick list Nothing else matters CAN be replaced!  

Date Posted: 2/11/2013 9:49 PM ET
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"eBooks are not my top interest during an emergancy! "  


That's why it's good to have them already remotely stored. They AREN'T the thing you will be grabbing in an emergency. Having them already stored in a remote place means they are one of the things you won't have to deal with later or to have replaced if your home goes up in smoke.

I will be grabbing my laptop and my cat. I doubt that I will remember to grab my stash of flash drives. If my laptop gets broken or stolen in transit, I have all my vital info remotely stored and it can be easily be transferred.



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