How to restore your notes after a hard drive failure
All notes that are stored in synced notebooks (which is the default notebook type) are backed up by virtue of their being synced. If you experience a hardware failure, all of your synced notes will be available when you log in to Evernote (either in Evernote Web or on a different device). If you log in from a different computer using Evernote for Mac or Windows Desktop, all of your notes and notebooks will be downloaded to that computer.
In Evernote for Mac and Windows Desktop, you can create local notebooks that are not synced and stay only on the computer they were created on. Notes stored in local notebooks aren't synced with Evernote Web and, therefore, are not backed up to Evernote's servers. To create backups of your notes stored in local notebooks, follow these steps:
- Select one or more notes
- Choose "Export Notes to Archive" from the "File" menu
- Choose the directory where you'd like the exported notes to be saved. If you ever plan on importing these notes back into Evernote, make sure you save the archive as an Evernote XML Archive (.enex) file, not an HTML file.
Tip: You can export an entire notebook by right-clicking its name and choosing "Export..."
Once you've saved this archive, you can import it any time by selecting "Import Notes from Archive" from the "File" menu and browsing to the archive you just created.