I’m relatively new to Macs (my iMac is 10.5.2) and to Scriv. I went Mac in order to use Scriv and obviously love it. Have been trying to understand the posts on backing up here, but I am deeply un-technical and therefore confused!
My problem is that I have not been backing up my Scriv files regularly (although can manage ‘File - Back up project to…’) and and would be hugely grateful for advice as the best way to do it, as I’ve just lost all the latest scenes of my novel.
Following a Mac tutorial (at the nice Apple store in Regent Street, London), I created a Current Files folder into my Dock and stuck all my most used files and folders in here - including the Scriv version of my novel. Somehow my Mac created various versions of these files: probably my fault. I stuck the extraneous versions of these files into Trash (as surely, I thought, I don’t need six versions of the same Scriv folder of my novel). However, when I emptied Trash, it empied ALL versions of the files. (I’ve tried Spotlight and yup, it’s all gone.) I don’t care about the other files so much, just my damn novel. So…
a) Does anyone know of a way to recover items deleted from Trash when Time Machine hasn’t been switched on? (I didn’t know that you needed to connect Time Machine to an External Hard Drive for it to work, and consequently couldn’t set it up.) I called AppleCare and they suggested I try free web software which may or may not work, but I got thoroughly confused after a Google search.
b) To prevent future disasters, I’ve now got an external hard drive and have switched Time Machine on, and it seems to be backing up. But when I look at the Scriv files, it shows only the outline/index cards, and NO ACTUAL WRITING. Does Time Machine actually back up Scriv files properly, or not? If not, I need to create some other way of backing up.
c) Some people in the forum seem to back up from Scriv every day, which sounds eminently sensible compared with the pain of losing un-re-writable magic! Should I do this by doing simply ‘File - Back up project to…’? Or would it be more sensible to EXPORT the whole Scriv novel folder each day? In which case i) How do I do this? And ii) Does Time Machine back this up okay?
Many many thanks for any help that’s tech jargon free!