Thank you for your post.
I cannot duplicate the problem with FileMaker Pro 9, and I know that doesn't help you. This is what I have done.
1. I pulled down the File menu and selected "Manage -> Value Lists..."
2. I created a new value list "Test". I clicked the option for "Custom values" and entered:
3. I quit FileMaker Pro and copied the database to a flash drive.
4. I went to another machine and copied the database from the flash drive to the hard drive.
5. I opened the database on the new machine, pulled down the File menu and selected "Manage -> Value Lists..."
6. I selected "Test", and all the information was there. I added another option (Test6) to the value list and saved it.
7. I quit FileMaker Pro and copied the new file back to the flash drive.
8. I took the flash drive and loaded back on the original computer and copied the file to the hard drive (overwriting the old copy).
9. I pulled down the File menu and select "Manage -> Value Lists..."
10. I selected "Test" and all six options are still available.
I'm not sure what else to try here. Is anybody out there using FileMaker Pro 8 (not 8.5), and can they confirm?
thanks for trying...I have also been trying to replicate the problem, and the only thing i can think of is that somehow i managed to either rename the file i was working on, or mistakenly set it to record to a different harddrive.
I think this is almost certainly operator error! sorry.
I use FM 8 on OS 10.4 and have had the same problem. I had someone else on Windows and I was on a Mac working on the same file. It was not a file that had sharing turned on. However, my Mac let me open it, make value lists, etc. The next day, all that work was gone, because essentially, I guess, I was working on a ghost copy. I spent almost two hours on tech support trying to figure it out to no avail. I figured it out myself when I duplicated the problem unintentionally a few weeks later.
Don't know if that helps, but it's an idea!
All of my value lists have disappeared. I'm using FM Pro 11.0.4 on a Mac. I'm not sure what happened. Since the value lists were created in FM where does it store them? Is there a way to recover value lists? I had several that I used.