# How to Make Backup and Autorecovery Work Correctly? [closed]

I was working with two documents when both crashed. The setting under Options>Load/Save>General is that AutoRecovery data should be saved every 10 minutes. However, the automatically recovered documents are from two hours earlier.

I had saved both documents earlier today, but when I looked for the backup files, they were not there (but I can see backups for the documents I worked on yesterday). Under Options>Load/Save>General, the option is checked to always create a backup copy.

Here are my questions:

• Why are there no backup copies of the documents I had saved earlier today?  How can I make sure that a backup is created when I save a file?

• When a file is recovered with Autorecovery, why is the recovered version from two hours ago rather than 10 minutes ago?  How can I ensure that the data is saved every 10 minutes?


Thank you.

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### Closed for the following reason question is not relevant or outdated by Alex Kemp close date 2020-07-20 15:18:21.054035

In addition to other answers you may get, for a more robust backup strategy, consider Timestamp Backup LibreOffice extension

( 2017-12-17 08:07:23 +0100 )edit

Have seen many different methods. However, if one doesn't mind installing some macros, I haven't experienced better than TimedAutoBackup (mark_t answer) and add on (my answer). Once installed it's all automatic. Starts saves when changes detected.

( 2017-12-17 16:20:39 +0100 )edit

Sorry about last (now deleted) comment. Had macro in wrong place. Just tested 'TimedAutoBack' (with add on for backup placement directories & # of copies) on Xubuntu with LO v5.3 & v5.4.3.2 and both were successful. Shouldn't be a problem using this elsewhere. Again, sorry for the now deleted confusing post.

( 2017-12-18 00:25:01 +0100 )edit

for me the backup files are made every minute, but they are all of zero KB size :-(

( 2018-01-10 11:58:40 +0100 )edit

Thank you all for helping to set me on the right path--well, maybe not tansaku's path:) If you make your responses answers, I will accept them--but I think I can only choose one:(.

( 2018-01-28 23:11:20 +0100 )edit

@catbill My only concern is that you have an answer. I'm guessing you have installed the macros. If so, hope all is to your needs and satisfaction.

( 2018-01-28 23:38:12 +0100 )edit