Database Backup and Recovery

The longer you use Clooz (or any of the programs supporting your family history research), the more valuable your work will become. Clooz has built-in functions to create backup copies of its database files and recover a database from backup copies for use again in Clooz. Creation of the backup copy is initiated by any of the following methods or events:

  • A Clooz database file is closed (if set in program options),

  • Clooz program is exited (if set in program options),

  • Before a data import in the Data Transfer Manager (if check box on Data Transfer Manager is set to perform archive), or

  • Manually using the Database Backup and Recovery tool on the Home tab page.

When Clooz performs a backup action, the file is compressed (zipped) to save disk save, and placed in the folder you have designated in the program Options. The only exception is with manual backup and recover, where a different folder location can be specified (see Manual Backup). The number of backup copies maintained (where oldest are replaced by most recent copies) and whether the file copies are tagged with the date in the filename are options you can set in the program options.

When you installed Clooz, the default location for storing archived copies of your database is the BackupRepository folder within your Clooz Data folder. This is not necessarily the best place for saving backup copies. Backup copies are best kept on a different physical disk, preferably on a different computer, and ideally in a different physical location all together (such as in the Cloud). You may already have a computer system-wide backup service that handles all of this. Just make sure the backup location you specify in Clooz is included in the locations backed up by that service. Otherwise, you might have a subscription to services such as Dropbox. If so, placing the backup folder location within the local area on your computer replicated by Dropbox in the cloud would provide a safe arrangement.

Clooz does not backup any of the digital media files you might have attached to your records in Clooz. Be sure your general backup plan for your computer system includes those as well as all the other files you've generated or collected as part of your family history research.