Can't copy project correctly

I’ve looked all over for this but can’t find info, so here goes.

I’ve been copying some works in progress onto a thumb drive (bran new 16Gb) - 2 of the 3 projects have gone ok and can be recalled but the third one comes up with a windows( I think) warning notice which says 'Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties?

‘The file projectname.scrivx has properties that can’t be copied to the new location’

The only difference between the three is that the one which is playing up is one I have been experimenting with dropbox and trying to link up with my tablet. The project file and the dropbox file are not the same date, the dropbox one is behind time and clearly an earlier timestamp than the most up to date project files. I don’t know if this has anything to do with it all but just throw it in as a difference between the two ok projects and the awkward one.

Any thoughts?

If you want to copy to a thumb drive, make a zip:ed copy of the project from within Scrivener so you know you get the complete and correct file structure. Otherwise you risk losing something and corrupting the project.

If the Dropbox version is older, allow the dropbox app to update the files on the Dropbox server.


The “missing properties” dialog box is a Windows issue and not related directly to Scrivener. For example, I have a large record collection I have carefully transferred to mp3s and I get this intermittently when I copy albums to my phone. I just ignore it and they copy correctly. It also happens regularly to me when I copy pdfs. These also copy correctly once the dialog is dismissed.

Technically, if the source file system is NTFS and the destination if FAT (any of FAT12, FAT16, FAT32) then this message can appear. I read this somwhere once. Less technically, you can safely dismiss the dialog box and carry on :slight_smile:


Thanks both, I’ll take note of those issues and try again tomorrow with the zipped files.