How can I back-up and restore my personal books?

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Noel Dear | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jan 21 2015 5:44 PM

I am about to install a new ssd in my computer. I have a number of personal books in my current installation of Logos 6. How can I back those up and restore them onto my new installation?

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 21 2015 5:48 PM

You will need to copy your .docx source files manually as those don't get backed up by Logos. Restore them to the same relative path as where they were on your old computer. But Logos 6 now takes care of syncing already-built personal books, so you won't have to rebuild them all. But it's still best to keep the original source files in case you ever need to make edits in them.

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Noel Dear | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 21 2015 5:50 PM

Thanks!

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 21 2015 5:59 PM

I may be incorrect as I haven't checked recent release notes, but isn't there a size limit on the syncing of PB's? and aren't they sync'ed only if you uploaded them?

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 21 2015 6:07 PM

MJ. Smith:

I may be incorrect as I haven't checked recent release notes, but isn't there a size limit on the syncing of PB's? and aren't they sync'ed only if you uploaded them?

Ah yes, you are correct about the size limit; I'd forgotten about that. However most people probably won't run into it. It was 10 MB, but was raised to 20 MB after people complained: https://community.logos.com/forums/t/88381.aspx

And yes, I'd forgotten that you need to manually upload your compiled PB's to make them sync to the cloud, so be sure you do that on your current installation before you install on your new machine. I'm not sure that's any less work than rebuilding them all on the new machine, because you still have to open each PB in your PB tool and click on a button. But it probably won't be as time consuming as rebuilding them all.

I wish it were less labor intensive for PB's to sync automatically. But at least I'm glad we have syncing between devices now. I believe that once you've Uploaded a compiled PB, it will thereafter sync automatically not any new Logos installation of yours. If you make edits to the original sources and rebuild, though, I think you need to re-upload.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 21 2015 6:17 PM

Noel Dear:

I am about to install a new ssd in my computer. I have a number of personal books in my current installation of Logos 6. How can I back those up and restore them onto my new installation?

I think your question has been answered, but I have one thing to add. I use a cloud server (dropbox) to sync my source (.docx) files so that I always have access to them, no matter which computer I am using. The obvious benefit is that if I need to change and recompile my personal book, I am not stuck worrying which computer I created the personal book on... I always have access to the .docx file.

Here is an OLD link. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. 

https://community.logos.com/forums/t/37107.aspx 

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 21 2015 6:26 PM

Noel:

As an alternative, you could back up the compiled PBs and you won't have to recompile them, if you haven't used the new Upload feature. On my Win7 machine they are:

"C:\Users\Robert\AppData\Local\Logos5\Data\msysztnb.dki\ResourceManager\Resources\*.lbspbb"

The bit of  glossolalia in bold/italics is unique to each user.

Copy these files to a folder with a simple path on your computer and issue the "scan" command with that path in the command box once you've done your new installation. The metadata syncs automatically, so that data will meet up with the actual compiled books. This should protect you against losing any PBs that you haven't uploaded, or maybe you haven't used the Upload feature, yet.

I keep over 1,000 PBs sync'd between two Win7 computers using a network variation of this technique.

And yes, you do want to back up the source docx files, which you're probably doing already, right?

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Steven Veach | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 22 2020 12:16 AM

Robert M. Warren:

Copy these files to a folder with a simple path on your computer and issue the "scan" command with that path in the command box once you've done your new installation. The metadata syncs automatically, so that data will meet up with the actual compiled books. This should protect you against losing any PBs that you haven't uploaded, or maybe you haven't used the Upload feature, yet.

So, if i copy these files and transfer them to a thumb drive then reinstall them in the same exact location on a new computer (new installation), will everything automatically work or will I still have to do the "scan" command (I'm not familiar with this process)? I'm on a Win 10 machine. For whatever reason my personal books are not syncing and the upload button is grayed out. They might be too big, but I don't think all of them are. I just want to be able to back them up in case of a hard drive crash, etc.

I've run into this problem again and again with bible software. Why can't they just build in an interface that reads existing file formats instead of all the manual importing and converting? Logos is much, much better at this process, but it still is a process. It would be much better to just open a file in a window pane inside logos (i.e. epub, mobi, pdf, doc, etc). As it is right now about 80% of the books I've imported have turned out quite nice. One book somehow lost all of it's footnotes and they were extensive. A few simply didn't convert properly. One did not render the Hebrew at all while another one rendered the Hebrew just fine. This hit and miss would all be solved if they would implement a built in "reader" instead of trying to re-invent the wheel. 

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David Ames | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 22 2020 4:59 AM

I recommend recompiling all of your Personal Books.  

Yes, it is a lot of work BUT you are sure that you still have the source docx files on your new machine.  

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