Regularly backing up models and radio settings on a radio transmitter running EdgeTX firmware is crucial to protect your configurations. This guide will help you recover your settings in cases such as needing to reset your transmitter, update the firmware, or transfer settings to a new transmitter. Additionally, I’ll guide you through the process of restoring models and radio settings.
Backing Up Radio Settings and Models
Since EdgeTX 2.5, all configurations are saved on the SD card, no longer using the tedious EEPROM. This means backing up models and radio settings is as simple as copying a couple of folders to your computer. Specifically, the models and radio settings are saved in the “MODELS” and “RADIO” folders.
Connect Radio As Storage
Power on the radio and connect it to your computer using a USB cable. When prompted, select ‘USB Storage (SD)’.
Two new external drives should appear on your computer. Open the one containing the SD card content (you should see folders like “FIRMWARE”, “MODELS”, “RADIO”, etc.). If you have a radio with a monochrome LCD screen, you might see fewer folders as THEMES, WIDGETS and IMAGES don’t really apply to you.
You can copy all the folders to a safe location on your computer for a complete backup.
Alternatively, backing up just the “MODELS” and “RADIO” folders saves time and space, as these contain all your model profiles and radio settings.
Restoring Radio Settings and Models
Power on the radio and connect it to your computer via USB. When prompted, choose ‘USB Storage (SD)’. A new drive should appear on your computer.
If you previously backed up all folders and files, you can go ahead and delete everything on the radio’s SD card and copy the backed-up folders over.
If you only backed up the “MODELS” and “RADIO” folders, delete just these two folders on the radio storage and replace them with the backed-up folders.
- Regular Backups: Make it a habit to back up your settings regularly (e.g. every 3 months or 6 months), especially before making significant changes.
- File Management: Organize and label your backup files clearly for easy identification, especially if you have multiple radios. Keep multiple backup files, ideally with timestamps, to revert to different stages of your configuration history.
- Firmware Updates: If you’re updating your EdgeTX firmware, it’s especially important to back up beforehand.
By following these steps, you can effectively back up and restore your radio settings and models on an EdgeTX firmware-equipped transmitter, providing peace of mind and convenient recovery options for your configurations.