Older Scratch Pad notes missing?

It’s been a while since I used the Scratch Pad and when I opened it I didn’t find older notes I thought I had made on it. I’m using the same system as before (laptop). Could it be that the recent updates erased them (unlikely)?

It’s more likely you changed the scratch pad location at some point in the past, and a subsequent reinstall or upgrade cause the setting to reset, so it is now pointing at the default folder (which is empty). You can verify that the software is looking in the correct location in Tools/Options… under the General tab. I would also go to that folder specified in options using Windows and see if there are files in that folder that for some reason are not recognised, and you could also check your backups on that folder and see if the old notes can be resurrected.