Making a full system backup
This post explains which options should be used to make a full backup of your PT3 data.
Probably the most common use of the backup/restore process is to make regular backups of your whole PT3 setup in order to be able to recover everything in the event of a serious problem with your computer, such as a hard disk failure or loss of a laptop, or even accidental deletion of critical files.
Another use of such a backup is if you accidentally delete or change one of your custom stats, or a HUD layout, etc., and want to recover your previous version.
How often you choose to do this is a personal preference, but bear in mind that the longer you leave it the more data will be lost should you have a serious computer problem.
Because backing up is intended to prevent data loss in the event of a critical problem you should really store your backup files separate from (or as well as on) your normal hard disk. Of course for full safety (in the event of a fire, for example) this should be in a completely separate location. This applies to all of your important files, not just PT3 data, and this isn't really the place for a full discussion but an Internet search will give you plenty of recommendations and examples.Making the backup
To save all of your PT3 data you should enable all databases in the Databases
list on the left, and leave the default Optional Files
You do not need to tick the Aggregated Notes or Aggregated Filters options because notes and filters are already stored in the databases, and you're storing all of those anyway (there is no harm in enabling those 2 options as well, but it will make the backup slightly bigger).
Make sure that Backup Databases
is enabled in the Backup Options
so that your databases are included.
Enable 'Close PokerTracker When Complete' and 'System Shutdown When Complete' if that is what you want to happen after the backup, and click Backup Now
to start the backup process.
Be sure to save the backup file to somewhere safe in case you need it when your computer, or its hard disk, is not accessible.Restoring from the backup
Should the worst happen and you need to recover your whole PT3 setup you should download PT3
again and install and register it (you can look up your code from My Account > Registration Codes
), and then use File > Restore
to open the backup file. Make sure all of the available options are enabled and click Restore Now
Should you have a problem with a particular part of PT3 you can just access the backup file from your existing installation and select only the backed up data that you want to recover.
For instance, if you make some changes to a custom statistic and delete something important or find that something doesn't work any more you can restore just the "Custom Stats" part of your backup file and untick all of the other options - this will leave everything else in your setup exactly as it is and just replace the custom stats with the saved version.
Note: The backup process does not save any files which PT3 does not use directly - this includes the "Processed" folder where the hand histories which have been imported are moved to, and any files you export from PT3 (reports, stats, HUD Profiles, reports or images of graphs, etc.).
None of these files are critical to the operation of PT3, but may be useful at some point - especially your old hand history files.
Therefore I would recommend at least making a backup of the PokerTracker 3\Processed folder once in a while - if you compress these files they won't take up much space.