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Hi all,

I tried searching the forum for this issue but no luck so thought I'd best ask.

I am using NVivo 12 (for Mac) and have an active back-up sync to OneDrive.  Everytime I open NVivo I get multiple messages (screenshots attached).  I'm not sure why this is happening, and if it is an issue that I need to be concerned about - Does NVivo have a series of files that it 'purges' during/after each use?

My main concern is whether this will be a problem for me when the files are deleted, or if this is a normal occurrence.

I look forward to your feedback.

Thank you 🙂

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HI TLC2021,

NVivo 12 Mac creates a temp file each time a project is opened, this will have the same name/location as the project file but with a .nvpx~ file type. When the project is closed, the data in the temp file is written back to the project file.

If you are working in a project that is saved to a local sync folder for cloud storage or backup services, we recommend that sync be paused or switched off when working with the NVivo project. These services may see changes to the project or temp file as you are working and try to sync those changes to cloud but be unable to access the project file because NVivo has exclusive access to the file while the project is open in NVivo. This can cause problems and occasionally NVivo may crash or in rare situations cause data loss.

I hope this helps. NB

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Hi NB,

This helps enormously!  And explains what has been happening.  The last couple of times I was using NVivo I had paused the sync (mostly because the constant messaging was annoying) but wasn't sure if that was going to cause a problem, so really glad to know it was the right thing to do.

Thanks so much for responding so quickly - very much appreciated!


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