I’ve searched in the forums couldn’t find a similar post…
Lately when I load a project file I started to see this error popup occasionally, which says "Invalid Project file ".
I don’t remember seeing this as often like now before 8.0.20.
This morning, I rebooted the PC, opened the project, suffix-increment-saved to a new version, made changes, hit Ctrl-S frequently. And just have lost an hour of work again (this time somehow with no .bak, no way to salvage even an interim work). Finally thought of posting here for advices.
Not completely sure about the repro condition, but this is possibly occurring before or after Cubase detects some internal errors and advises to quit immediately. (sorry I don’t recollect the exact error messages)
I didn’t save anything at this point, just quit Cubase and rebooted. But it seems the save I did some minutes before the warning had already corrupted the project file.
Rebooted the PC, tried to load the failed project a few times but sill getting the same error. The old project file that I saved a day before is still OK.
I don’t know if the size matters, but just in case it does, the size of the project is approx 32MB, with just less than 80 tracks, including approx 50 instrument tracks, some special tracks (a marker track, a chord track, an arranger track etc.), some audio tracks and FX/group tracks. Each may include 10-ish track versions.
Some other file corruptions were really quiz to me, I saved without an issue but at a later date I get the invalid project file error.
The popup shows up at the very beginning of the project loading, in no time. It feels like Cubase detected some header corruption, or some kind of sanity check failure (such as file length check or checksum mismatch).
Well, I’m still hoping some quick header tweak can save the content.