How to recover a corrupted EndNote library?

When an .enl becomes corrupted, you can try to recover the data using the recovery function:

  1. Close the library if it is currently open.
  2. Back up the research folder. The recovery process creates a new .Data directory. Sometimes the recovery process fails, so you need a copy of the original .Data directory just in case.
  3. From the EndNote Tools menu, select Recover Library. Read the information about the Recover Library command, and click OK.
  4. Locate and select the library that needs to be repaired, and click Open.
  5. EndNote creates a copy of the library with the suffix “-Saved” added to the name. For example, if you were repairing a library called “Research 2011″ the original library would remain untouched and a new, repaired library called ” Research 2011- Saved” would be created in the same location.
  6. Once the new library has been saved, you should be able to open it and use it in place of the damaged library.
    Note: Term lists are not recovered with the library. You need to rebuild each term list by selecting Define Term Lists from the Tools menu, highlighting the list, and then clicking Update List to fill the term list with the terms used in your library. You may also recover some references that had been deleted (in the Trash group) but not yet purged.

Source: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lib/endnote/recover_corrupt_libraries.html

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