(note: The answer to my problem may very well be encoded in the other posts about .scriv packages and backup tricks and such, but I can’t seem to piece it together. Sorry).
I believe I might have wiped out all my work. Or maybe Scrivener did. I can’t quite tell.
In brief: When I first started with Scriv, I imported what I’d already written of my book project from Word (multiple files). Easy enough and no big deal.
Here’s the snag: In my idiocy, I believe I imported all my nascent chapters and clippings directly into Tutorial.scriv (which I had open at the time).
By the time I realized it, I was well underway and had written a lot more, and since it appeared I’d already overwritten/screwed up many tutorial files as well as the Binder structure, I just swore heavily (I really needed that tutorial!) and kept going, not bothering to export all i’d done and create a new project properly. In other words, Tutorial.scriv became my book.
All well and good and everything worked beautifully… until I installed the Scrivener upgrade, and now, all my work is gone. The structure is still intact in the Binder, my chapter titles are still there and the files appear to be there as normal, but they’re either blank, or now have the old Tutorial info back on them. My work has, apparently, vanished. Same goes for the contents of the various research folders I’d created.
I use Leopard/Time Machine. I figured an old backup copy or an old version of Tutorial.scriv, (which, again, was my book) must be in there, pre-upgrade. It’s not. Or I should say, I can’t find even a wisp of its existence. I know Scrivener saves projects as packages (not that I fully understand how that works), but I can find no trace of anything named Tutorial.scriv, past, present, or anywhere.
I’ve checked the Trash. I’ve scoured “old” versions of my Hard Drive via Time Machine. Have I ruined my work? Is an old Tutorial file buried somewhere? Or am I idiot of the week and learned my lesson the hard way, even though I’m not quite sure what that lesson is?