Recover Changes in Notes After Conflicts During Evernote Sync
Evernote (link) is a clever cloud driven application using which you can sync your data between your device and online cloud storage. The free application provides a monthly storage of 60MB and you can upgrade to premium if you require more storage. It not only behaves as a backup but you can save your data in the form of “notes” and “notebooks”. This way you can organize your pictures, videos, urls, tasks, text in a easily remindful fashion, recover when required and never loose your data.
Once you are connected to the internet whatever you created via the “notes” are synced online. Since you can sync Evernote with many platforms and devices you may face some problems if your data is not in sync. The other day I faced a similar kind of problem. I have two operating systems – Windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit. I have Evernote desktop client installed on both the OS’s.
I had my Evernote settings to sync every 30 minutes and on exit. This happened on the 32 bit OS. But I logged into the 64 bit OS and made some changes to the earlier “notes” which I created in 32 bit OS. But somehow I and the system forgot to sync the changes.
So when I returned back to the 32 bit OS the changes were not visible. I was in dilemma whether I lost those changes. That was significant links to blogs and was requiring them very necessarily for my blog articles. So I logged in back to the 64 bit OS only to find that the changes still existed. So I felt really happy.
But very soon they disappeared once I got connected to the internet, as the system synced the Evernote. Hmm! So what was really happening?
The Solution to your Evernote Sync Problems
If you face similar kind of problem don’t worry. Evernote has some cool recovery solutions by which you can get back your lost changes. I just found out this by accident.
So what happened to the changes I made in the other OS. They were saved in a local notebook called “Conflicting Changes”. The data from the server and in the local desktop client were not matching, so these notes with sync problems were saved in that notebook. Now you can move these notes present in this local notebook to your old notebook or any notebook you required.
Now there are 2 notes with the same name – first one which initially synced with the server and the second one which had the changes I made on 64 bit OS. Now you can leave them as they are or merge them to become one note.
How to Merge Two or More Notes in Evernote
It’s simple. All you have to do is select the two notes you want to merge. Press Ctrl + <select each note with the mouse>
You can apply this technique to any number of notes. Then, Evernote gives you the option to “Merge” and other options.
My Remarks: Though the merge feature was good, it didn’t do what I expected. I was expecting that the changes would be append/added to the old ones. But instead of that, the changes appeared in this fashion.
Guest Post by Palla Ramarao, who is a tech evangelist and web enthusiast. He’s a Civil Engineer, Software Engineer and Blogger by part-time. He worked for various engineering colleges, software companies and likes to blog on Microsoft Windows, Apple, Google, Browsers, Software, Technology and Gadgets. He presently works onhis Windows blog in his free time.
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