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First published by:
Troy Wolbrink
on 29 Sep 2008
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Troy Wolbrink
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Why and how should I backup my database?

It is possible for a TntMPD database to become corrupted.  This condition renders the database completely useless.  This can happen if TntMPD is writing to the database during a power failure.  Another possibility is that you could have a major hard drive failure.  If you don't have a fairly recent backup available you could lose many hours of work and lose much valuable information.  You could lose all your notes, history, pictures, tasks, etc.  This is why it's important to backup your database.

TntMPD makes auto-backups on another location on your hard drive.  However, if your hard drive fails you need to have a backup copy stored somewhere else!  That's why we highly recommend you store your database on Dropbox (a cloud based file backup and sync service located at

On your computer that has the database you want to share, open TntMPD 3.0.  Click the "Dropbox" button on the toolbar.  If you don't have this button, you need to upgrade to TntMPD 3.0.

If you don't yet have Dropbox installed, you should see this:

Learn more here:  How can I share my database with my spouse over Dropbox?


Recent Comments

By: Anne Witton Posted on 3 May 2016 8:07 PM

When I click that button, I'm getting a dialog with 'No Dropbox conflicts found', but the rest of the box is empty and it's not giving me the option to move my Database to Dropbox. Would be grateful for any help. Thanks.

By: Seth D Beebe Posted on 20 May 2016 10:16 PM

I recently downloaded TNT Connect on a second computer that I purchased.  I have it installed on two computers now with the same account.  After a few weeks, I've realized they are not synced.  How do I sync both databases?  One has info that the other doesn't, the second has info that the first doesn't

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 21 May 2016 3:17 AM

Anne, that means that your database is already in your Dropbox folder.

Seth, see my reply here:

By: Jutta Posted on 2 Feb 2018 11:33 AM

You make it sound like having TnT stored in Dropbox is a backup. But when I would have needed a backup (earlier version), Dropbox had already sent the new version to all devices. I do have the option."Automatically backup this database" checked but I don't see where these backups are stored.

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 2 Feb 2018 8:29 PM

Jutta,  Dropbox keeps 30 days of backups.  You just have to go to the Dropbox website and find the file and click the "..." link to view "Version History" and you can restore any version from the last 30 days you want.  TntConnect has an auto-backup feature, but this only backs it up to your local hard drive.  To restore an auto-backup, under the "File" menu, click on "Restore" to see a list of backups.

By: paul-cathy_unger Posted on 8 Jan 2019 8:46 PM

So what does File > Backup do...? It asks for a name, but where is it stored?

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 3 May 2019 6:49 PM

File | Backup ... keeps a local backup of your database on your hard drive.  I'd recommend you sign up for Dropbox and keep your database file stored in Dropbox for constant backups to the cloud.

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