Restored .scriv won't open

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Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:57 am Post

A search of the archive revealed a few similar problems but not this one…
I use Backup (to iDisk) in addition to TM (to a local HDD). Don't know whether Zipping is an option / recommended here but in any event, I don't.
On a skeptical whim I just tried a Restore of the whole project folder from iDisk. This folder holds the .scriv plus a few .png and .rtf files. When the Restore (to another location, of course) had apparently successfully downloaded the .scriv and a couple of others, I interrupted it as I wanted only to check the .scriv. Scrivener will not open the .scriv: 'No valid project could be found at the specified path.' The .png and .rtf files open OK.
Disc space is not an issue - tons everywhere.
Thoughts? Seems unlikely the interruption was the cause or I'd have tried running the Restore to completion before raising the question.

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Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:02 pm Post

Hi,
I would imagine that the interruption was exactly the cause. A .scriv file is really just a folder full of files. If you interrupt copying it either during restore or backup, then not all of the files will be copied, and some essential ones will be missing - such as the binder structure in your case, thus your error. In general, I'd recommend zipping for backups.
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Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:03 pm Post

I'll bet the interruption was the cause. Definitely zip your backups. Otherwise you run the risk of ending up with a partial .scriv package, which is probably what happened here.

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Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:14 am Post

Thank you. Can you explain why Zipping is so important? Apart from saving bandwidth, what other benefits does it offer?

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Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:38 am Post

Thanks again. Exemplary technical English.

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