We all know how important it is to back your work up on a regular basis. But do you actually do it? And what would happen if you lost your work? How would you recover it?
This was my dilemma last weekend.
After a productive week of editing I was feeling pretty good about my progress on The Warlock of Ravenswatch. I’m not sure why editing takes about ten times longer than I expect it to, but it does. Anyway, I try to back things up regularly, and I have an automated backup program installed too, so when my computer started acting up and doing the “I’m on the verge of failing” thing that Windows machines love to do, I went ahead and copied my latest version to a flash drive. But something went horribly wrong. Most likely I hit move rather than copy, got distracted, hit a few wrong buttons, and things went downhill fast. So there I was looking at a horribly corrupted Scrivener file, a flaky computer, and no recent version of my work. To make matters worse, my automated backup wasn’t functioning well either and hadn’t been for a while. I did have older versions on flash drives, but I hadn’t been religious about backing up every day. I had lost about a week of work.
I tried doing a disk recovery and wasted about two days on that.
I started rummaging around in the files that Scrivener creates to see what I could find. Fortunately I was able to find the base text rtf files. Somehow I managed to corrupt the Scrivener project file and it was looking at older text files. I created a copy of an older, uncorrupted Scrivener project, copied the text files into the Scrivener project file and like magic my latest work appeared. Whew.
This is just a reminder to do your backups. 🙂