Novel not fully saved

In saving my scrivener it looked like it had saved correctly but when I accessed the file again, it had lost about 20,000 words of my transcript.

Did you use the File->Save As menu to create a backup copy at some point? If so, look there for your missing words.

By default, Scrivener automatically saves backup copies of your work to the folder specified under File > Options > Backup. Click the “Open backup folder…” button in that pane and if you find backup copies of your work there, copy them to your Desktop, extract the contents from the latest copy (assuming it’s in ZIP format), and open it. Hopefully all of your work will be there, but if not, try the next backup copy, and so on until you’ve checked them all.

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