OneNote Backup: How to Save and Restore OneNote Database Folder

OneNote Backup

OneNote backup allows saving and, when a need will emerge, restoring OneNote database. As a part of MS Office family, OneNote has a capability to save its data either on local drive or on OneDrive cloud account. Let us explore how to backup OneNote from a local drive with our Handy Backup solution!

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How to Backup OneNote Database from a Local Drive

To backup OneNote, you can use the standard “Computer” plug-in. Here we tell you how to create an OneNote backup task.

  1. Start Handy Backup, and create a new task with a button or by pressing Ctrl+N.
  2. Select a backup task on the Step 1. Go to the Step 2 by clicking “Next”.
  3. On the left panel, select the “Computer” plug-in from “Local or Network drives” group.

Specify Backup Set: Computer

  1. Here, click on the “File filters” button on the bottom of the Step 2 window.
  2. On the dialog appearing, include files with masks *.one and *.onetoc2.

Use File Filters for OneNote Backup

  1. Click OK and return to the Step 2 window. Double-click on the “Computer” plug-in name.
  2. A new window will appear where you can browse for OneNote folder.

Note: Alternatively, you can just select an entire drive, to allow Handy Backup automatically finding and selecting OneNote files by masks of name.

  1. Mark this folder with a checkbox, and click OK. Return to the Step 2 window.
  2. Click “Next” and continue creating a backup task as described in the User Manual.

How to Restore OneNote Backup

To restore OneNote backup folder, please open Handy Backup and create a restoration task. Then select your OneNote backup location storage on the Step 2, and find a file backup.hbi, to select it and proceed. Handy Backup will create a restoration task step by step, based on this backup file.

Specify Index File for Restoration

Native Format Backup

Handy Backup preserves uncompressed and unencrypted files and folders in their original formats. This means that you can browsing, copying or even deleting your OneNote backup files with any file-managing tool, without a need for obligate restoration through Handy Backup!

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Handy Backup Standard

The Standard edition has a “Computer” plug-in to backup OneNote 2010, 2013 and other editions, as well as some standard storage plug-ins to save backup data. Free 30-days trial!

Advantages of OneNote Backup with Handy Backup


Handy Backup can backup OneNote 2013, 2010 and other edition including possible newer versions of this software. In addition, it provides a good selection of OneNote backup location vaults, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, FTP, NAS, USB drives, local and network folders etc.

OneNote Backup Location
Run Other Programs Before or After OneNote Backup


You can insert your OneNote backup task into any data processing workflow, using the built-in tools for starting other software before and/or after a task. You can also restore your Microsoft OneNote backup to another place (effectively cloning it!), use a “backup” task to send notes by a network, and so on.


Take a partial OneNote backup, including incremental, differential and mixed full/differential backup methods, to save both backup time and storage space. Control your task by email reports, starting a program as a Windows service. Encrypt and compress backup data. Do anything you want!

OneNote Backup Types
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