Looking through my Documents folder the other day, I found two folders with titles of projects I have in Scrivener with “.scriv Recovered” attached to them. The contents appear to be notes I made to myself or edits of my writing (Meta-like information, notes, etc.). My question is: Can I dump these files? In other words, does Scrivener store these files until I access the specific project again when it will automatically update the appropriate file, or do I need to do this manually? Also, is there a way to make Scrivener send these rescued files to a specific place in the future? It was dumb luck that I stumbled onto them, buried in my Documents folder. Thanks very much. Love my Scrivener program. Love it to death!
You can definitely delete them if they don’t contain anything you need. These will have been the results of errors, though, and you should have seen the errors in Scrivener. If, for some reason, Scrivener cannot save the project - for instance because you’ve disconnected the external drive the file was on or because of some permissions problem - Scrivener will tell you that there is a problem saving, it will now close, and that it will save all files to [such and such].scriv Recovered" in the Documents folder. So, at some point you should have seen that error message, which is what will have created these folders.
All the best,
Great. Thanks, Keith. Does that mean that Scrivener will update that recovered material the next time I access the project? Or, do I have to do it manually?
No, if there’s anything in there you want to keep, you will have to move it into the project manually. Because the project had disappeared when those files were saved for recovery, there’s no way of really telling Scrivener to recover those files, and there’s no way for Scrivener to know whether they need recovering - it just dumps everything it can to be sure.
All the best,
Just whatI needed to know. Thanks. I’ll check the files and move what I need to keep and toss the rest.