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Essential Blogging by Mena G. Trott, Benjamin Trott, Shelley Powers, Scott Johnson, Rael Dornfest, Cory Doctorow

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Backing Up Your Radio

It’s always smart to back up your data in any program — even in a blogging application. For Radio, this means backing up the database of articles and configuration information. The files that Radio publishes onto the Internet don’t have all features of your local copy. These files are only HTML pages, and they lack important metadata, formatting directives, and so on.

All your Radio data is stored in the \Program Files\Radio UserLand\ set of directories on Windows, and in the Radio UserLand folder in Applications on OS X.

Backing Up All Data on Windows

Here’s your backup process for all your Radio data. It relies on WinZip or another archiving tool such as WinRar to make a single backup file, as Radio stores its data in many small files.

  1. Shut down Radio by right-clicking the Radio icon in the Windows System Tray (bottom right, by default) and choosing Shut Down Radio. This is important because Radio normally runs in the background and regularly updates files. The main files you need to back up are the .root files, which contain all your Radio data, because you don’t want Radio updating those files as you’re archiving them.

  2. Use your archiving program to make a backup file containing the following directories and files:

    \Radio UserLand\Data Files\
    \Radio UserLand\www\
    \Radio UserLand\Themes\
    \Radio UserLand\Backups\ (yes this is redundant but it's safer)
    \Radio UserLand\*.root\
  3. Copy this ZIP file to another hard drive or some removable medium.

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