Experiment Backup - From time to time, E-Studio does crash. If this happens while a paradigm is saving, the entire paradigm could be lost. This feature updates the E-Studio interface and internals to automatically backup the current version of the experiment prior to it being saved. This backup goes into the user specific backup queue for all experiments providing access to the last 25 saved files. All of this is done behind the scenes and is enabled by default. The General Options property page in E-Studio has been updated to enable/disable this feature as well as provide the ability to transfer the most recently saved/backups to the desktop. The system was implemented to provide for a means to recover an experiemnt that was zero'd out during a crash. It could be used to obtain previous versions if the author botched their design and wanted to go back, but this scenario is not encouraged. The experiments are copied to the desktop when clicking on the "Copy backup experiments to the desktop". Once on the desktop, the user can open each backup experiment and "save as" the version they choose.
This topic applies to:
E-Prime 1.1 Service Pack 1 or later
Legacy End User Comments
|Lars M. Rimol|
|Except sometimes ("from time to time") E-prime crashes and you can't even find your most recent experiment version. I don't understand how PST manages to stay in business with a software that is so unstable and which simply "loses" your entire experiment "from time to time".....|
|We are experiencing this problem. We have the backup settings configured as suggested, but have lost two "saved" es files and hours of work. Even files that were periodically saved during programming were removed. This "feature" makes it impossible to use EPrime to program our experiments. Please help!!|
|The stability of any of the E-Prime applications (E-Studio, E-Run, E-Merge, E-DataAid, E-Recovery, PackageFile Editor, StartupInfo Editor) in regards to crashing are a low percentage of the support requests that are inquired or reported to PST. When an issue in regards to losing a design file is reported, it is corrected when it can be replicated in the testing labs at PST. When it cannot be replicated, further information is requested from the end user. |
Since no web support ticket/inquiry has been made on behalf of the users reporting this issue here, the issue has been noted in the PST bug tracking system.
If any user views the behavior of the copy backup experiments to desktop is not functioning as described, then that would be considered a bug and should be reported.
In no case should E-Studio alter files of a different name than the experiment currently loaded.
If an experiment in the backup folder is sought, typically sorting the files by date descending versus going by the Experiment1, Experiment2, named index will help find the most recent saved copy of a file.
|If end users are finding the need for this setting using E-Prime 2.0 (353) SP1 or later, please make that known via PS&S (support) web site. Previous versions of E-Prime had issues in regards to needing this functionality that should be reduced with most recent versions.|
|This article used to contain a helpful image showing the dialog box for enabling this feature and recovering the backed up files, but at the moment that image seems broken. So here is a text description: |
From E-Studio, go to the "Tools" menu and select "Options...". On the "General" tab, look for the "Experiment Backup" section. Make sure that "Automatically backup most recently saved copies of my experiments" is checked in order to enable this feature. Thereafter, select "Copy backup experiments to the desktop" in order to recover the most recently backed up E-Studio (.es or .es2) files.
Or, in short:
E-Studio > Tools > Options... > General tab > "Automatically backup most recently saved copies of my experiments" & "Copy backup experiments to the desktop"
You will find the recovered files on the desktop with generic names (E-Prime does not save or restore the original file names), so you will have to open them up to find what you want and then manually rename the files. Clumsy (and not as good as not losing the files in the first place), but still much much better than just losing your files outright.