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Posted by Dr Andus
Apr 13, 2012 at 04:18 PM


I have heard of some stories of data loss on various forums (including Scrivener’s) and I’m a bit spooked. I have used Scrivener for Windows (I have version 1.0.3) for several months on a daily basis and have written on it a great deal. It worked perfectly for me and I have no reasons to slight the software. However, I simply can’t risk losing any of my data and because of that fear I stopped using it. Does anyone here have an insight into this or had lost data?


Posted by Franz Grieser
Apr 13, 2012 at 04:43 PM



No data loss over here. I started using ScrivWin beta 1.2 or so. Some of the betas crashed but I haven’t lost data even then.
I do not use Scrivener on a daily basis but when I write in Scrivener then it is open all day. No crashes of the “production” version so far on Windows 7.



Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Apr 14, 2012 at 05:47 PM


My use of Scrivener is intermittent, so I can’t provide any testimonial of reliability, but so far I have had no issues. Moreover, Scrivener saves its files individually under a project folder which I believe is a good strategy: in the event of a corruption this should only influence a part of the project. It also makes the project easier to backup regularly.

I’ve written elsewhere that I would want 100% reliability, but excrement happens. In fact, in most cases, it would likely occur due to human error. My suggestion would therefore be to invest in an incremental backup solution. A possible solution might be Dropbox which (in its premium version only, I believe) provides access to several previous versions of your files. By ‘previous’, I mean from a few minutes to weeks ago, depending on your saving habits. I have only needed to use this once, when I deleted a file by mistake, but it was a game saver.


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