I hope someone can help with this. I have two PC’s with both with Windows 10. I also have a dropbox account. Both machines can connect to the internet. I also have a Microsoft Office account, that includes Word, OneNote, and One Drive. My writing habits are such that I work mornings on my desktop and afternoons on my laptop. What is the best way to get my mornings work over to my laptop? I have had one negative experience in which the entire texts of my novel (four days work) was lost, only the binder’s labels were kept. I do not want this to happen again. Neither do I want to have to chase down every page I worked on and copy/paste to a flash drive…If anyone has a technique, that I can follow, I would be appreciative. Thanks, Dr. Bob aka Theholodoc
Hi Dr. Bob,
See this post I wrote a couple of years ago on this topic for another user. Everything I wrote then is still applicable now.
It also discusses my take on best practices for Scriv backups, as an added bonus.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Hi Jim: Thank you, you were quite complete. I do have one further question, What, if anything do I have to do in Dropbox to receive the sync materials? Thank you, Dr. Bob
Hi Dr. Bob,
Glad that was helpful.
If Dropbox is setup correctly on both machines, it does all the heavy lifting, and your job is to let it do it’s thing, as per the steps in the other post.
By setup, I mean: Load the Dropbox app on both PC’s, sign into the same account on both PC’s, and keep the projects you want to sync in the same Dropbox folder structure on both PC’s. The Dropbox default structure for Scrivener is to keep your project folders in folder Dropbox\Apps\Scrivener, and I’d recommend sticking with that.
After you’ve set up Dropbox on both PCs, you might want to create a blank test project on your desktop PC, move it into the Dropbox\Apps\Scrivener folder, and watch it sync to your laptop, to get an idea of how long it takes. You’ll see the Dropbox icon on your taskbar change while it’s syncing. When you’re comfortable that you understand the process with the test project, move one of your live Scrivener project folders to Dropbox\Apps\Scrivener and watch it sync. First make sure you’ve got zipped backups!
In your OP, you had mentioned you lost four days worth of work. Particularly now that you’re embarking on syncing again, leveraging Scrivener’s backup system is essential. Hopefully you read the points on configuring Scrivener backups in the other post, because it’s fairly easy to set things up so your risk of data loss is minimized.