Permanent loss of work on freeze crash

In addition to the above backup advice, one might consider making periodic Compiles of the entire project to pdf or docx or html or some other preferred format conveniently accessible outside of Scrivener itself.

Good idea. :bulb:

A great suggestion I received here recently was to use Sync with External Folder as a backup method.

In case you haven’t played with it, Sync with External Folder will copy all documents and folders in your binder into a Windows or Mac folder as .rtf files, and will automatically keep that folder up-to-date with your changes every time you close your project, with zero effort on your part.

The scenario would be if Scrivener stopped working on your machine and you needed to recover your work. Instead of digging down into Scrivener’s project folder and going through the nightmare of trying to piece together your writing and notes from all of those randomly named files, you’d recover from the .rtf files in the external folder, which are in binder sequence, with binder names.

This would be in addition to using zipped backups, of course, as these backup methods are meant to solve different potential problems.


Thank you for that reference to Sync with External Editor. I didn’t know that feature existed. How interesting and useful!

I see it’s also in Windows version 1.9. Was it in the versions before that?

I second that.

I don’t know exactly when it was originally implemented, but it was prior to the iOS version’s release.

The purpose of Sync with External Folder is to provide a safe means to modify your Scrivener docs with other software, as opposed to directly editing the .rtf files in your project folder, which is not safe.

A typical use these days is for an Android user to edit Scrivener files from their device, and prior to release of the iOS Scrivener app, this was how iOS folks edited Scriv docs on their devices. You can also have the Sync with External Folder process generate other types of docs besides .rtf, and there is a poster here who uses that capability to edit Scrivener docs with an external markdown editor–they use Scrivener for its organizational capabilities but prefer the markdown tool for editing.

And a poster here suggested it can be adapted for backup purposes. Just like many things with Scrivener, inventive people can take a feature intended for one use and leverage it for something else. :slight_smile:

You’re welcome. :slight_smile: