The “Auto Save” in Cubase evades me at times after migrating from Logic last year. When Logic crashed, by default, it seemed to save the project in the exact state it was in just before the crash. Then when I located that most resent version in Logic’s Project File Backups folder, a simple double click on it relaunched Logic and restored the project the way it was just before the crash. I could also launch earlier versions of the project as well. It just all seemed to work for me right from the start.
Cubase has the timer that does a backup every 15 minutes by default and yes, I know that when Cubase crashes and I relaunch it, it will often say that a newer version is available although, I’m not sure how that works, is that if it’s older then 15 min. of the crash? or newer?. It then allows me to save it under the new 01.cpr version number after it’s project name. That works pretty well for me.
Under Cubase’s “Auto Save Interval Time”, in Preferences/General, it defaults to 15 min. I just set it to 0.5 min. Is that going to be too extreme? I also just set Cubase”s “Maximum Backup Files” from 10 to 1 because after all, if I try to relaunch Cubase by clicking any of those default 00.bak to 10.bak files, all I get is a message saying; “There is no application set to open the document” and if I try and choose Cubase to open it, it does not allow it, so my old Logic approach seems to be unavailable now.
Also, the Cubase Operational Manual says that if the “Maximum Backup Files” is set to 10, it overwrites 01,and 02 and so on after it exceeds 10. But as I see it, if it crashes on say, 03, it’s going to offer me a whole new .02cpr anyways, so again, why have it set to 10?
So my questions are;
 Is it unwise to set the timer from 15 min. to 0.5 minutes?
 Is my new “Maximum Backup Files” setting of only 1 a bit too extreme?, if so, why? or should I just leave it on 10? I just don’t understand what I should ever do with all the .bak files, if anything. Is there any reason to have 10 of them hanging out in all my project folders if i can’t access them individually? I figure why not set it to 1 and have Cubase overwrite it during every crash? I just thought I would try and keep those folders uncluttered.
 Is it unwise to ever delete any of those .bak files? or does that throw the whole auto save completely off?
Please go easy on me. I’m not Mr. Super Savvy and I’m new to Cubase. How do you guys and gals set these two preferences? and why?