Okay, sorry, finished editing the above, but I wanted to post that in case there was a shot of you getting it before you closed the project. Point of it was that your text, in plain-text form, is stored in the index file in your project, which gets redone on open/close, so if you didn’t have another backup, that would be a chance of salvaging your text. It sounds like we probably won’t need it, since you have a full backup, which will be a much neater method of restoring the lost text. To be clear, you’ve just saved a backup of the project to Dropbox; you’re not working with the file directly on Dropbox?
Truthfully, I have no idea what just happened to your project–obviously just dragging and dropping some files around in the binder shouldn’t clear any text! If you want to send the zip you just made to support AT literatureandlatte DOT com, I’ll take a poke through the package to see just what’s in there and whether anything obviously indicates the problem, though I don’t necessarily expect it will (bugs do so hate to be obvious in their origins). It sounds like the document files are really missing, though, so there won’t be a good option for restoring them directly from there.
There are a few options for restoring from the backup; depending what all you did today vs. what’s missing, you might want to just extract a copy of the project from your backup and make it the new master, dragging over the new files from today’s session (which will bring along everything but their label and status and internal Scrivener links). Or you might want to go the other direction, bringing over the backup files into the current project. If there aren’t a lot of files, and you do still have the empty placeholder documents in the current project where these should be, complete with meta-data, you could also go the copy/paste route, but that will probably get tedious if there are a lot of files.
In your spare time, here are a slew of questions, answers to which might help figure out happened:
1.) What version of Scrivener are you using (check via Help > About Scrivener)?
2.) What is your operating system (e.g. French Windows 7 pro 32bit)?
3.) Is your Windows user account standard or administrator?
4.) Was Scrivener installed as a standard or admin user?
5.) Where are you saving your Scrivener project file? (e.g. to your Documents folder, to a thumb drive, etc.)–meaning, where is it stored on disk while you’re working on it, not where are you storing backups.
- Do you have any backup or sync services running while working in Scrivener?
7.) Anything else you can possibly think of that might be relevant, e.g. exact steps of what you were doing when the problem happened or any weird behavior earlier in the session, etc.