How to Backup and Recover a MediaMonkey Library
Updated by Russell Samuels on Feb 24, 2020


To backup the library, save the following to a secure/accessible location:

  1. The MediaMonkey database file (mm.db) on your system
  2. All of your media files

hint: You can change MediaMonkey's default database location to one that is automatically backed up by your backup software.



To recover your library:

  1. Install a copy of MediaMonkey to the new hard drive or PC. Don't start MediaMonkey after installation completes.
    Important: if already have MediaMonkey on the drive and the file monitor is enabled, disable it (otherwise you'll end up with duplicates).
  2. Copy all of your media files to the new drive
  3. When MediaMonkey isn't running, copy your backup database to the default database location.
  4. Start MediaMonkey. At this point, your database should appear--if not, it means that MediaMonkey is not using your database backup and likely created a new empty database. You'll have to close MediaMonkey and replace the empty database with your backup.
  5. Once your database is visible in MediaMonkey, it's likely that most of the media entries point to different folders or a different drive altogether, and the tracks will grey out on any attempt to play them. To correct this, see step 3e at:


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