Backing Up Your Silhouette Files

I recently lost the hard drive on one of my computers and it was unrecoverable. I lost about 6000 emails and a few other files, including my 5000+ Silhouette design files on that particular computer. Luckily, I had my Silhouette files in two places. So when the hard drive on that laptop failed, I still had a copy of all of my files on my other laptop.

You can recover all of your files online through the Silhouette store, but you can only do this a maximum of 3 times. So what happens if you go through more than 3 computers? I’m already on computer #3 since I got my first Silhouette machine a few years ago. You also need to consider that hard drives fail, laptops get stolen or lost, house fires and floods happen (my second house had a flood in the basement) and toddlers abuse computers when they come across them! LOL! Sigh… I’m hoping that my charming 2 year old girl stops being so darn destructive really soon.

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You can, and should backup those files (and all your important files, actually) on an external hard drive or a server somewhere. I recommend backing up your really important documents on a server that is stored in a separate physical location from your main computer. For me, I have all of my really important stuff stored on a server and on an external hard drive . If you own a Mac, you can back up to Apple  iCloud, which is Apple’s answer to cloud computing. You can back up and sync all of your Apple devices through iCloud! We like synching our calendars at home, this keeps everyone more-or-less on track.  For PC users, there a wide range of options, including online backups through options like Carbonite. Find out more about online backup options for PCs through this article on PC Mag.

Once you have a place to back up your files, you can go ahead and back up your Silhouette designs. If you don’t have online backup, you could also use an external hard drive or a USB stick (if you don’t have a lot of files to back up).

Backing Up Your Silhouette Design Files

Mac

  • Open Finder and go to Macintosh HD > Library > Application Support > com.aspexsoftware.Silhouette_Studio.8.
  • Copy the entire folder and it’s contents without making any changes
  • Paste the files into your back up location.
  • Backup again whenever you purchase and download new files.

Windows XP

  • Click on StartMy Computer and locate C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\com.aspexsoftware.Silhouette_Studio.8
  • Copy the entire folder and it’s contents without making any changes
  • Paste the files into your back up location.
  • Backup again whenever you purchase and download new files.

Windows 7

  • Click on StartComputer and locate  C:\Program Files\Silhouette Studio\Resources\resources\com.aspexsoftware.Silhouette_Studio.8
  • Copy the entire folder and it’s contents without making any changes
  • Paste the files into your back up location.
  • Click on StartComputer and locate  C:\ProgramData\com.aspexsoftware.Silhouette_Studio.8
  • Copy the entire folder and files contained without making any changes.
  • Paste the files into your back up location.
  • Backup again whenever you purchase and download new files.

*Note: Silhouette files cannot be shared, they are for the sole use of the original purchaser.

Reinstalling Your Silhouette Design Files on a New Computer

  1. Download the Silhouette Software by visiting the Silhouette America Web site at http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software.aspx
  2. Install the software.
  3. Mac
    • Open Finder and go to Macintosh HD > Library > Application Support > com.aspexsoftware.Silhouette_Studio.8. , replace the entire directory and file structure with your previously stored backup files and folders. Do not change the structure or contents. (See above about backing up)

    Windows XP

    • From the Start menu, click on My Computer and locate C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\com.aspexsoftware.Silhouette_Studio.8 , replace the entire file with the previously backed up copy. (See above about backing up)

    Windows 7

    • From the Start menu, click on Computer and locate C:\Program Files\Silhouette Studio\Resources\resources\com.aspexsoftware.Silhouette_Studio.8 , replace the entire file with the previously backed up copy.
    • Next, locate C:\ProgramData\com.aspexsoftware.Silhouette_Studio.8, replace this entire file as well with the previously backed up copy of that file. (See above about backing up)

That’s it! It’s as easy as Ï€ = 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510 (pi! Oh dear, a math joke… I’m totally losing it!).  Sorry to get all “tech-geek” on you. I promise not to do that too often.