Kindle Notepad App (just $1) stores your notes as Text files and there’s an easy way to transfer them over to your PC or Mac. This post will walk through it.
Jump to the end of the post for a video showing how to do this.
Kindle Notepad – Backing up your Notes on a PC (making a copy of your Notes on your PC)
One Line Version
You are looking for this folder: Kindle > .active-content-data > 8a5982e82ae68fb2012bc688405e0026 > work > user.
When you plug your Kindle into your PC or Mac via USB cable your Kindle will show up as a disk drive – It will probably be Kindle (D:) or Kindle(F:) or Kindle(Some letter) on your Computer.
You find the above folder. Copy all the Notes in that folder. Paste them into a backup folder on your PC like C:/Documents/NotepadBackup – and you’re done. It’s important to do a copy-paste and not move the note files (if you move them then they are gone from Notepad app).
1) Plug your Kindle into the USB cable you got with the Kindle. Plug the other end into your PC (or Mac).
2a) You should get an auto-start dialog that either opens up the Kindle as a drive and shows you the folders on your Kindle, or gives you options. If it’s the latter, choose ‘Open Folder to View Files’.
2b) If you don’t get the dialog above -> Go to ‘Computer’. You can get here by left clicking on the Start Button (Windows Logo at the bottom left of the screen) and clicking on Computer in the items listed.
At this point you should have your Kindle open as a drive with some folders showing, including -
We’re interested in .active-content-data
Then in this folder – 8a5982e82ae68fb2012bc688405e0026. The e0026 at the end is the easy way to find it.
Then – the work folder
Then – the user folder.
At this point you should be in the R:\.active-content-data\8a5982e82ae68fb2012bc688405e0026\work\user folder.
Where R: is whatever drive your Kindle shows up as. It could be D: drive instead of R:.
Think of it as – Kindle > .active-content-data > 8a5982e82ae68fb2012bc688405e0026 > work > user
This folder holds your notes. They are simply text files. You can open them using Wordpad or Notepad. You can copy and paste them, or drag and drop them. They’re just like any other file on your PC.
Drag these files to a folder on your computer = Moving Notes from Notepad Kindle App to PC.
Drag text files from your PC to this folder = Moving text files to Notepad Kindle App
Please Note: When making a backup to your PC or Mac you should do a copy and paste. If you do a ‘Move’ then the notes will be gone from Notepad. So, do a copy of all the notes in the work/user folder. Then go to your backup folder (let’s say it’s C:/documents/NotepadBackup) and do a Paste there.
Please leave a comment if you have further questions.
Making a Backup of your Notepad Files on your Mac
It’s the exact same process. The only twist is that the .active-content-data folder is considered a hidden folder on Mac and won’t show up until you use a software like Houdini. After that, the other steps are identical to the ones above.
When you get the Kindle to show up on the Mac, the .active-content-data folder doesn’t show. This is because on Mac it’s considered a hidden file. So you have to use a workaround to see that folder – http://www.mactricksandtips.com/2008/04/show-hidden-files.html.
After that, it’s easy because it’s just like written above.
Please let me know if you need further help with Mac. The key part that’s different is using Houdini (or some other method) to reveal the hidden folder ‘.active-content-data’.
Note: Use Houdini only to make the ‘.active-content-data’ folder visible. After that you don’t need it and should be using your normal File Explorer software (perhaps it’s called Finder on Mac) to copy and paste files.
Kindle Notepad App – Accessing Backup Folders (the Notepad app’s in-built backup slots)
The backups you make in the Kindle Notepad App (the in-built backup feature) are also stored as text files. There is one folder per backup and the folder has all the notes saved in that Backup as text files.
the work folder has a backups folder. That’s where your backups are kept. They are also kept as text files and can be accessed easily.
So Kindle > .active-content-data > 8a5982e82ae68fb2012bc688405e0026 > work > backups
There are 7 folders in the backups folder (might be less if you made less backups).
folder named ‘Slot 0′ – first backup slot
Slot 1 – second backup slot
Slot 2 – third backup slot
Slot 3 – fourth backup slot
Slot 4 – fifth backup slot
Slot 5 – sixth backup slot.
folder named ‘auto backup’ – This is where your automatic weekly auto-save of your Notes is kept. This is only present in Notepad V1.1. This is done by Notepad app automatically and you don’t have to do anything except make a backup of it to your PC or Mac for safekeeping (a copy-paste and not a move).
Please note that over-writing these folders or the files in these folders will overwrite the backups. So you should not do that.
Again, you should only do a copy and then paste of these folders. If you move them then they will be missing from the Notepad app.
Kindle Notepad – Backing up your Notes on a PC Video
Note: If anyone has a Mac and can volunteer a video or detailed instructions – that would be greatly appreciated and would help lots of people.
A simple video – It will only work if you click the little HD icon/button on the top right of the video image.
You could also try:
How to transfer - http://vimeo.com/21718353 if the video on this page doesn’t work for you.
Please let me know if anything isn’t clear or if you have further questions.