# Backup --- ###### [[User Guide|Roon User Guide]] > Getting Started > Backups Your Roon database is full of information about the music you love. In addition to your library's metadata, it also contains any edits you've made, your play history, all of your Roon playlists, your favorites, your settings, and more. All of this information is stored in your Roon Database. This database is designed to be extremely resilient but catastrophic events like failing hard drives, power cuts, or other unexpected disturbances can corrupt your database. In rare cases, corrupt databases can be unrecoverable, so it's important you backup regularly to avoid losing data. #### **Important** Just to be very clear, your Roon Database is **not** the same thing as your music library (your collection of music albums and tracks contained in your Watched Folders). It is a separate database that is maintained by Roon. ###### Jump To: - [How Does It Work?](http://kb.roonlabs.com/Backup#How_Does_It_Work_) - [Setting Up Backups](http://kb.roonlabs.com/Backup#Setting_Up_Backups) - [Backing Up Without A Schedule](http://kb.roonlabs.com/Backup#Backing_Up_Without_A_Schedule) - [Restoring Backups](http://kb.roonlabs.com/Backup#Restoring_Backups) - [Using Other Backup Applications (Time Machine, CrashPlan, etc)](http://kb.roonlabs.com/Backup#Using_Other_Backup_Applications) <break> <break> If you have a problem or question, [let us know](https://community.roonlabs.com/t/im-having-a-problem-with-roon-where-do-i-report-it/2185/5). ---- ## How Does It Work? Starting with Roon 1.3, automatic backup functionality of your Roon Database is built right into Roon! **The best way to keep your Roon database safe is to set up a Scheduled backup.** Once you've configured a scheduled backup, Roon will automatically run your backup on the schedule you've set. Each backup will only save changes since the last backup. We recommend configuring Scheduled Backups to more than one location. For example, backup to your NAS _and_ Dropbox, or to a local hard drive _and_ your NAS. We also strongly recommend that you do not set the location of Scheduled Backups to be within any Watched Folders. Keep the locations separate. Roon will create a folder called `RoonBackups` wherever you choose to backup to, and you can later select this folder to restore your backup. Because your database is constantly being updated in the background [using applications like Time Capsule, CrashPlan, etc](http://kb.roonlabs.com/Backup#Using_Other_Backup_Applications) on your live database is strongly discouraged, and can result in corrupt backups. ---- ## Setting Up Backups To configure backups in Roon, start by visiting the Backup tab of Settings. In most cases you'll want to configure a **Scheduled Backup**, so you can set it once and not worry about it. Start by clicking View next to Scheduled Backups. <img src='http://roon-kb.s3.amazonaws.com/3253c64d-0c34-4235-aea0-cf05f9a31113.png'/> <img src='http://roon-kb.s3.amazonaws.com/bf962437-1671-482f-bf07-4e459d98f7af.png'/> Click Add, and follow the instructions to set up your Scheduled Backups. You'll need to choose a few options, like how often you want Roon to backup and when you want Roon to backup. Roon will be temporarily unavailable while the "snapshot" of your library is created, so make sure to schedule the backups for a time you're rarely listening to music, like the middle of the night. If music is playing when your backup is scheduled to kick off, Roon will retry the next day. Once your backup is configured, you'll be able to see it on the Scheduled Backups screen. Click the "3 dots" menu to make changes to your backup, restore from your backup, or to kick off a backup immediately. <img src='http://roon-kb.s3.amazonaws.com/d2037360-fae1-4a9d-af51-54794372c6ac.png'/> ---- ## Backing Up Without A Schedule If you don't want backups to run automatically, you can also run a backup at anytime by clicking Backup Now, on the Backup tab in Settings. You can backup to the same location later, and Roon will only save the changes since the last backup. Later, you can restore any of the backups you have saved to that folder. ---- ## Restoring Backups If need to restore a backup to a fresh install of Roon (like if you're moving your Core to a new device, or if you're restoring after a hard drive failure), you can do so from the Log In screen. This will work on any Roon Core that is not logged in. <img src='http://roon-kb.s3.amazonaws.com/cf01b3ea-beaf-48ae-985b-bdbd06b7e89d.png'/> **Scheduled Backups** can be restored by clicking Clean/Restore from the Scheduled Backups window. <img src='http://roon-kb.s3.amazonaws.com/643b3fbd-e96d-4bf4-a7f3-3c21d229eb8b.png'/> Other Backups can be restored by clicking Find Backups and pointing Roon at your `RoonBackups` folder. Note that restoring a backup will **permanently** overwrite the current database. ---- ## Using Other Backup Applications Because the Roon database is frequently being updated in the background with new metadata, cover art, artist information, and more, backing up your "live" Roon database using external programs can result in corrupt backups. **We strongly recommend against using Time Machine, Crashplan, Backblaze, or other backup applications to backup your "live" Roon database.** If you would like to use any of these applications to back up Roon, set up a Scheduled Backup and tell your backup program to backup the `RoonBackups` folder.
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