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Old 07-21-2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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Calibre library file backup?

My computer died. I have all my books on an external hard drive, so that's no problem, but what is the name of the library file that calibre uses to keep track of where all the books are? I'd hate to have to re=import all my books when I get my new computer and re-install Calibre.

(I know that the equivalent library file for iTunes has the .itl extension - I'm hoping that if I take the dead hard drive down to a computer shop they'll be able to do an external boot so I can copy the .itl file from the hard drive, and I'd like to be able to salvage the equivalent Calibre file too, if possible)
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metadata.db located in the same directory as your Calibre Library.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:46 PM   #3
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My computer died. I have all my books on an external hard drive, so that's no problem, but what is the name of the library file that calibre uses to keep track of where all the books are? I'd hate to have to re=import all my books when I get my new computer and re-install Calibre.

(I know that the equivalent library file for iTunes has the .itl extension - I'm hoping that if I take the dead hard drive down to a computer shop they'll be able to do an external boot so I can copy the .itl file from the hard drive, and I'd like to be able to salvage the equivalent Calibre file too, if possible)
No worries if you Library is on the good drive ,

Nothing to recover (except custom preference settings, special recipes that you generated and not available on MR ).

Install Calibre, when asked where to put the Library, just point it at the folder on D: that contains metadata.db (windows search can help you find it, is it is not named the default, Calibre Library)
Note: if Calibre complains about folder Not Empty, you are pointing at the wrong place for the library.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:57 PM   #4
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I was afraid that the metadata.db file would be on the c drive with the rest of my programs, not on the external drive with all my books.
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