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timjthomas
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Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:31 pm Post

Is it safe to use OneDrive to store my Scrivener projects? I do not plan to sync or use the iOS Scrivener App or Scrivener on a Windows PC -- only on my MacBook.

I use OneDrive as a cloud backup and all user data files are stored within the OneDrive folder on my Mac.

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Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:50 pm Post

Perfectly safe if you use it as the location for zip backups.

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timjthomas
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Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:12 pm Post

Thanks! I plan to store the zip backups as well as the base project files. Is it ok to store the project files as well on OneDrive? Technically they are on my MacBook HD -- but under the OneDrive folder so that they are always backed up.

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Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:37 pm Post

I've seen posts here from people who have had no issues using OneDrive to store their live projects (base project folders).

I've also seen posts where projects stored on OneDrive have been mangled.

So--it's a risk.

If you're already storing your zipped projects on OneDrive, then I see no upside for also storing your live projects there.

In fact, if through some snafu your OneDrive account was deleted or you inadvertently deleted all your OneDrive folders via the browser or some other accident (it happens), you'd lose everything. A sync service syncs whether you want it to or not. :(

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lunk
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Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:07 pm Post

There are other cloud services.
I have live projects in Dropbox, backups in Mega.
I am a user, writing non-fiction and science, using:
* Mac Scrivener 3 on a Macbook 12”, MacBook Pro 13”, and iMac 27”, all running Mojave.
* iOS Scrivener 1 on an iPhone 11 Pro, iPad Air 9.7”, and iPad Pro 12.9”, all running the latest iOS

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Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:55 pm Post

Please read this article, on best practices to reduce the risk of synchronization errors:
https://scrivener.tenderapp.com/help/kb ... c-services

And this one, on OneDrive specifically:
https://scrivener.tenderapp.com/help/kb ... e-advisory

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Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:00 am Post

JimRac wrote:I've seen posts here from people who have had no issues using OneDrive to store their live projects (base project folders).

I've also seen posts where projects stored on OneDrive have been mangled.

So--it's a risk.


If you try it, make sure you're using the most recent version of the OneDrive client. Always make sure that the folder where you keep your project files is set to "Always keep on this device" so that OneDrive is *always* syncing *all* of the files you have in your Scrivener project, not just some of them.

I would also be VERY careful about using OneDrive to store both live project files *and* backups, as Jim said. My strategy is to use Dropbox for my active projects, and OneDrive for my zipped backup files and archived projects. This way if I ever need to sync to iOS, my active projects are already on the right service.
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