Backups for Collector

Idea created by pbreier on Apr 27, 2016

    We often use Collector for Windows for long periods of time in areas where syncing is not possible. If our device experiences a failure in between syncs, we have the potential to experience significant data loss. It would be nice if collector had an option to back up its edits to a portable drive.

    In the meantime, with some help from tech support, we were able to come up with the following workflow for backing up Collector files to a portable drive, and then restoring these files as a single file geodatabase. This workflow, which we were able to capture in a Python script, is the following:

    1. Navigate to C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Local\Packages\Esri.CollectorforArcGIS_[string]\LocalState\[string]
    2. Copy the *.geodatabase files from the folder mentioned in Step 1 to a portable flash drive. Collector may use several geodatabases to track edits. Therefore, it’s important to copy all *.geodatabase files in this folder.
    3. Use the “Copy Runtime Geodatabase to File Geodatabase” tool to create a file geodatabase from the *.geodatabase files