When I was trying to create new category splits on Livesplit, The data from the other category mysteriously disappeared. I tried reopening the data through the Livesplit menu (the one where you edit the splits, layout, etc) but an error occurred meaning I could not open the splits (although the layout had no issues with opening). If I don't find a way to reopen the splits file, I will lose my PB, as I don't yet have a run on the leaderboards. If anyone has an explanation for how this could have happened, a solution to find the lost files or advice for how to create new category splits without losing other splits data, I would really appreciate it if you replies on this forum.
Thank you for your attention to this forum.
Do you have a video of your PB?
No, I do not have a video. All runs I have done were not recorded, though I was planning to record a speedrun on the day. Thank you for taking your time to help.
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who puts all their full runs in a spreadsheet
Unless the old data was completely overwritten, you might be able to inspect the contents of the file with a text editor because Livesplit Split files (*.lss) are just XML. From there you find in <Segments> the <Segment> tag for your last split, which would have your PB time under <SplitTime name="Personal Best">. Although, if the file was completely overwritten your old PB time wouldn't be there. In that case, I don't think there's a way to it back unfortunately.
To prevent the same thing happening in the future, when you want to make new splits for a different category/game, first right click Livesplit and save splits (or 'save splits as' if you want a backup), then right click again and select 'Close splits'. From there you can use the splits editor and save the new splits as a different .lss file.
SpiderDestroyer, your idea to use a spreadsheet as a backup source of data seems like an excellent idea. GoodGoomba, although my attempt to search the lss file for the split data failed, I thank you for the advice for how to make new category data without ruining other category data. When I was saving the old category data, I must have forgotten to close the splits. Overall, thank you to everyone who replied on this forum.