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Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:41 pm Post

Hi, new to scrivener!
When ever I close down my work a new back up is saved, so I have multiple back ups rather than the one being over written which is what I expected.
Also, I get the message in the screenshot below, any advice? What am I doing wrong?
Thanks

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Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:49 pm Post

You are confusing Save location for the active project and the Backup function, shich are completely different things.

I tried to explain it this way in a previous thread:

viewtopic.php?p=262502#p262502
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Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:51 pm Post

Click on "Show project in Finder", then close Scrivener.

Move that project to another folder beside the one it's in; that folder is where Scrivener produces its automatic backups, and is not where you should store the original.
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Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:03 pm Post

Thanks Lunk, I think I get that, it's this that confuses me: Is it right that each time you close you get another copy of the back up and it doesn't replace the back up already there. In the image below there are 3 copies of the back up as I closed it 3 times this morning. I thought there would be one back up and it would just get updated ...

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lunk wrote:You are confusing Save location for the active project and the Backup function, shich are completely different things.

I tried to explain it this way in a previous thread:

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum ... 02#p262502

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Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:13 pm Post

The number of backups is decided in Preferences. Having several backups is wise if something suddenly goes very wrong with your project or computer, or if you suddenly decide that a major change you did was no good.. If you tick to have the date in the backup file name (In Preferences) it is easy to go back to check e.g. before a specific change.
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* Mac Scrivener 3 on a Macbook 12”, MacBook Pro 13”, and iMac 27”, all running the latest MacOS
* iOS Scrivener 1 on an iPhone 8, iPad Air 9.7”, and iPad Pro 12.9”, all running the latest iOS

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Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:16 pm Post

... and the warning you got was because you have saved the tutorial you ran in the same folder where you’ve told Scrivener to save it’s backups. You shouldn’t do that.
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* Mac Scrivener 3 on a Macbook 12”, MacBook Pro 13”, and iMac 27”, all running the latest MacOS
* iOS Scrivener 1 on an iPhone 8, iPad Air 9.7”, and iPad Pro 12.9”, all running the latest iOS

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Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:22 pm Post

Thank you Lunk and Rdale, much appreciated, I'm a lot clearer now.
All the best