Scene files getting lost when Scrivener opens

I’ve been using Scrivener for a number of years, but only recently installed it on my Windows 8.1 Surface Pro tablet. I’ve also only recently started storing my original .scriv file directly in my Onedrive/Skydrive folder.

I discovered today that a number of novel scenes I’d edited before were all of the sudden not the latest version of them, or had reverted back to the original completely. I suspect this has been going on for some time, but I didn’t notice because I don’t check every scene every day. Not all of the scenes were like this, and I couldn’t find any discernable pattern. Fortunately, I compile every day and was able to hunt down and replace the edits that had been lost, but to say this is troubling is an understatement. I can’t even imagine having to look through all of my scenes every day to make sure something somewhere didn’t get lost.

I moved my original scriv file folder to my hard drive as I suspect this might have something to do with how Onedrive syncs automatically. I’ve had some errors with that before–unable to sync, or didn’t save errors. But, I’m a little squeamish of continuing to use Scrivener at the moment.

Is this a known issue? Is there anything you can suggest to help?

Thank you.

This is an issue with using OneDrive. You may be able to resolve it by following the steps to configure using OneDrive files offline described in our advisory here: … e-advisory

Thank you!

So if I’m reading that right, if I keep my original files on my hard drive and work from there, I should be safe? Do I need to take these additional measures for the end-of-session backups stored to Onedrive, too?

I do plan to take the measures described here, but I’m not planning to entrust my original files to Onedrive again. Lesson duly learned.

Thanks again!

The measures are only for active projects you’re keeping in OneDrive. Projects are made up of many different files that all need to stay in sync and all need to be available when you’re working in the project–the problem with the online-only thing is that Scrivener can’t download the updated text files within the project, so it can’t open them. Storing zipped backups in OneDrive shouldn’t be a problem, and it’s easy to see what’s going on because the zip is treated by the system as a single file.

Oh okay, I think I get it now. Thanks again for all your help!