Here is a brief sequence of events to get you up to speed. Likely the first few events are not relevant:
My Macbook Pro Hard drive crashes.
I replace it with a 500G drive I had never installed in a Mac Mini, restore from Time Machine backup
I begin using Drop Box, and have my current project syncing to another computer (but do no even have scrivener installed on that machine)
Some trouble, either with my “new” hard drive, or with corrupted files from the backup causes a lockup. <-- Enter the “Conflicted” dropbox files?
I re-install Snow Leopard from DVD, and go through the fun of re-licensing and re-installing software.
When I open my project in Scrivener for the first time after one of the crashes above (probably the second), I get a message that the project is open on another computer, but I allow it to open it anyway (there is no other computer on which I use Scrivener at the moment).
Recently, I took a peek inside my project package file, and noticed that there were 3 files with “Conflicted” in their names, and then the corresponding original(?) files.
./Automaton (Jayne’s conflicted copy 2011-02-23).scrivx
./Files/binder (Jayne’s conflicted copy 2011-02-23).autosave
./Files/search (Jayne’s conflicted copy 2011-02-23).indexes
./QuickLook/Thumbnail (Jayne’s conflicted copy 2011-02-23).jpg
So to my questions:
- Is there any way I can compare the contents of these files with the “originals” to see if the newer ones (my last editing session having been March 8) are missing anything? Is there much of a point in trying?
- Are there likely other files I should be looking at that aren’t named with the word conflicted in them?
- Can I just delete these (after making a backup, of course)?
- Once I have verified that my cleaned up version of the project is good, will Drop Box notice the changes if I just replace the “conflicted” package with the one having those files removed?
- Because last night I experienced the Hard Drive Click Of Death while trying to copy over a large set of files on this “new” drive, I’ve got another on order. If my computer decides to lock up again before I can clone my current setup to the NEW new drive, how do I prevent Drop Box from getting these “conflicted” files if I’m not even opening the project on any other computers yet?