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Old 05-13-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Import complete library and preferences after format?

Hello,

I recently had to format my computer. I thought if I saved my entire Calibre Library folder, that importing them would save my preferences and ratings as they existed when I saved the folder. I do have all of my books, but all of my ratings and some of the metadata are missing. I did not realize until AFTER formatting that Calibre has an option to backup metadata for all books.

I suspect I'm screwed. At this point, is there a way to retrieve my ratings and preferences? Although it will be a major pain, I don't mind downloading metadata again, but it breaks my heart that I can't see which books I've already read and rated.

I apologize if this has already been addressed. I did do a search, but didn't find an answer to this.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:47 PM   #2
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Hello,

I recently had to format my computer. I thought if I saved my entire Calibre Library folder, that importing them would save my preferences and ratings as they existed when I saved the folder. I do have all of my books, but all of my ratings and some of the metadata are missing. I did not realize until AFTER formatting that Calibre has an option to backup metadata for all books.

I suspect I'm screwed. At this point, is there a way to retrieve my ratings and preferences? Although it will be a major pain, I don't mind downloading metadata again, but it breaks my heart that I can't see which books I've already read and rated.

I apologize if this has already been addressed. I did do a search, but didn't find an answer to this.

Thanks in advance.
If you have copied your ENTIRE Library folder to a Backup, you have everything except custom preferences (and plugins).

Just copy the contents of the OLD Library FOLDER to a NEW (empty) FOLDER. Then Right click, the Library Icon and Switch Libraries to the new (recently filled ) folder.

The Backup function, forces the (re-)creation of the Metadata.OPF file within each folder. This is used to reconstruct the Library in event of a DB failure.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:15 PM   #3
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That worked PERFECTLY! You have just made my entire day, and saved me HOURS of work! Thank you thank you!

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Sorry folks, I am not getting it. Where is this library icon? I don't find it.
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Sorry folks, I am not getting it. Where is this library icon? I don't find it.
(normally)On the Toolbar with the word Library under it
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Thank you folks. Now by default there is a user guide in Calibre Library so the word Library doesn't appear there, instead 1books. I have a huge library so I never try any thing myself, prefer to look stupid instead.

Thanks again. Problem solved.
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