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Internal Metadata Backups

29. August 2017 — Jim Neumann

DEVONthink does not have a system for automatically backing up everything. DEVONthink has a setting in its Preferences > Backup that controls how many internal metadata backups are done. These backups can be used in a troubleshooting situation by selecting Tools > Restore Backup.

While it may seem like a good idea to set this to something like seven copies daily, the metadata of a database can be considerable, so you should be cautious in how you set this. It’s not a performance issue, but you will be increasing the size of the database packages with a higher number of backups.

To backup everything including the data files we strongly advocate using Time Machine and local external drives or Arq for online archiving. — And as a persistent reminder, do not put your databases in any cloud-synced folder!