Thank you. That’s helpful. I hope you’ll answer a few more questions as I head down the path of trying to recover an EndNote LIbrary of 700 refs just weeks before I submit my dissertation. I think I have a few options but I’ll need some Q&A along the way.
Firstly, when I set up my dropbox solution there was no syncing available in EndNote which is why I did it that way. I did ask on the forums at the time and I was quite surprised that I got it working (and it worked well for about 3 years). The timing of this problem is lousy but it is what it is and I now have to deal with it. When I’ve got it all working again I’ll work on getting the most recent versions of the software and syncing the proper way.
No, I did not copy down the .DATA folder when I copied back the .enl file. So for the past week it appears I have been using a mismatched .DATA folder and .enl file. I gather from your response that the .DATA folder contains all the important data and the .enl file is . . . I don’t know, a pointer of some kind.
I suspect that when my machine crashed some kind of problem occurred somewhere in that .DATA folder. All my references were appearing but when I added a new one it didn’t sort into alpha order with the rest, and my searches weren’t working.
So after I read your post today I used Machine 1 to copy the .DAT folder down from dropbox and then created a blank document called <library>.enl as you suggested. (I first saved the existing .enl file elsewhere on Machine 1). That did not work. The EndNote program couldn’t find anything. That’s what leads me to think something is wrong in the .DAT folder.
On Machine 2, which has been kept in sync with Machine 1 until a few hours ago, I can still see all my references as they were a few days ago - all there, but no search capability.
I need to try and fix this up on one of the machines, then I’ll try to sort out how to sync it using V7.
Here are some options I’ve thought of:
1. Export my library on Machine 2 to a .txt file and then re-import it into a new library. Is that even possible? Can I import from a .txt file?
2. Attempt to restore to before the crash. That would be Feb 14. Dropbox doesn’t keep multiple prior versions of folders, but it does keep multiple versions of files. I could go through every folder in the .DAT folder and copy over pre-Feb 14 version of every file that has been updated since Feb 13. So if a file is dated Jan 1 2012 on my machine then I don’t need to do anything right? It hasn’t changed since the crash? But if a file is dated Feb 15, 2015 then I would restore it to the pre-Feb 13 version. That way everything would match what was there (and working) on Feb 13. Is this worth a try? If so are there some files I just don’t need to worry about - such as those in “Trash”?
If I do a restore of the sort outlined in 2. above (or something else that you recommend) I’d like to quarantine what I currently have What do I need to do to make sure I can still go back to my non-searching version of my library? This time I want to make sure I pick up everything I need and I don’t overwrite something that I haven’t copied into a safe place.
I’ve only added a few references in the past week and I realise I will probably lose those but that’s not nearly as bad as losing 700+ a few weeks before I finish my PhD!