Restoration of Sticky Notes

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I am using Windows 10 Pro.

My hard disk crashed.

Now using new hard disk, but how do I restore back my Sticky Notes from the *.snt file?
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Check the following folders, depending on the build of your Windows 10 machine.

%AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes

%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

Reference: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/73044-backup-restore-sticky-notes-windows-10-a.html

Note: If using a newer version of Windows 10, you will have to copy the *.snt file to the Legacy folder in the second path above.
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Hi!

Currently, my computer does not have the "localappdata" folder.
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%LocalAppData% is a system path, not a folder. If you open a Run window and paste:

Press windows key + R

Paste %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

Click OK

Windows file explorer will open at the correct location.

To browse to it manually in File Explorer and assuming your Windows installation is on the C: drive;

C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

Hope that's helpful.

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Hi! I have copied the XXXX.snt file to the second folder. I have also renamed the file to ThresholdNotes.snt in the Legacy folder.

When i opened the sticky notes, i don't get to see the old sticky notes.
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1. Follow the instructions given above

2. Don't rename the *.snt file and ensure you paste it into the LocalState folder as suggested above

3. Exit the Sticky Notes application and then restart it again. Alternatively, restart Windows.

Your moved Sticky Notes should be there. I just verified the entire process myself here on a Windows 10 Virtual Machine and all works as expected?

Please report back if it's still not working for you.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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Please also advise if you have a Legacy or LocalState folder on your version of Windows 10 - or both?

In the unlikely event you have both, paste the .snt file into both the Legacy and LocalState folders.
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Hi! Andrew,

What I did was in the LocalState folder, I created a subfolder called Legacy

Like so %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\Legacy

I can't restart my PC as i have many files still opened and not saved yet
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What I did was in the LocalState folder, I created a subfolder called Legacy

That's likely the problem Anon. Remove the *.snt file from the Legacy folder you created and place it inside the LocalState folder instead.

Once done, if you can't reboot, then exit the Sticky Notes application (Use Task Manager to end task on it if necessary and not sure how to exit it manually) and then just start it up again. Your saved notes should appear.

Let me know how you go or if you need further instructions.
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Anonymous, is this issue sorted or do you still need extra help?  If sorted, could you please close this question?

Many thanks... Andrew
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Hi! Andrew,

It is still not working.

I copied the snt file to LocalState.

Restarted the PC, launched sticky notes, but the note is a new note.
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Hi Anonymous,

Not sure what could be going wrong for you. I tested the entire process myself with an .snt file I copied from another Window 7 Virtual Machine I had and it worked perfectly for me. Are you sure you're copying the correct .snt file?

If you're sure that you're restoring the correct .snt file, then you may need to convert the previously saved ".snt" file you have into an .sqlite file as described in the following process:

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/import-sticky-notes-windows-7-to-10

Important Note: Ensure you backup the contents of any current notes you may have made since restoring after the crash, as they will be lost by following the reset process decribed in the above link. I'd suggest copying the text of your current notes into something like Notepad and then recreate the notes once your old notes have been restored.

Give that a shot and let me know how you go.

Best, Andrew
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Hi! Andrew,

I think the snt file is the wrong one as it is outdated - date modified 22 Sep 2017.

I should be looking for a July 2018 file in my Windows 10.
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I think the snt file is the wrong one as it is outdated - date modified 22 Sep 2017.

That makes sense then. You'll need to do a recovery of your crashed hard disk and recover the correct .snt file.

Given that info, disregard the instructions in my previous post. A reset of StickyNotes shouldn't be necessary at this stage.

Regards, Andrew
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The plum.sqlite file is showing today's date. I will have to try and see if i can find back my old sqlite file.
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The plum.sqlite file is showing today's date.
That's normal. It will update to the current date whenever a new Note is created or an existing one altered.
I will have to try and see if i can find back my old sqlite file.
Indeed. Restoring the correct file is kind of non-negotiable in this scenario :-)

Do you know what version/build of Windows you were running before your Hard Drive crashed? That will determine whether you need to search the crashed HD for a .snt or .sqlite file. See here for more info which could help you in your search for the correct data file:

https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/recover-backup-sticky-notes-data-file-windows-10/

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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It should be sqlite file not snt file
Anonymous KHIT Engineer

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Hi! Andrew,

I launched the sticky notes and my notes are not there.
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Are you sure you've located and restored the correct snt or sqlite file?

If so, please share the exact name of the file you have recovered and what you did with it. Once I know that, I'll try to help with steps to correctly restore it.

Thanks,

Andrew
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Hi! Andrew,

I managed to resolve it.

I reset the Sticky Notes App from the Settings.

I found the snt file that was modified in Jul 2018.

I created a Legacy in subfolder of LocalState.

I pasted the file in this folder, renamed it to ThresholdNotes.snt

I then relaunched the Sticky Notes and they all appeared again.

Is there anyway to save or backup the Sticky Notes? Because I saw that there is a sign in option.
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I managed to resolve it.
I reset the Sticky Notes App from the Settings.
I found the snt file that was modified in Jul 2018.
I created a Legacy in subfolder of LocalState.
I pasted the file in this folder, renamed it to ThresholdNotes.snt
I then relaunched the Sticky Notes and they all appeared again.
Great stuff! That's what was supposed to happen :)

Is there anyway to save or backup the Sticky Notes? Because I saw that there is a sign in option.
Yep, if you back up the following folder on Windows 10.

C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\

That will save a copy of all your Sticky Notes along with other information you may need in the event of a restore being required.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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BTW.. The "Sign in" option that you mentioned sounds to me like signing in to Microsoft OneDrive, which is where Sticky Notes by default will synchronize to.
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Isn't that the same link I posted in this comment?

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