This will be a two part post, first starting with the Mac. Windows will come soon.
I won’t get too technical, but your settings are stored in something called a Property List file (plist). What you want to do is back up that file and keep it somewhere safe.
Here is where it is:
- In Finder go to your Home directory
- Click on Library
- Click on Preferences
- Scroll down and you will see a bunch of files that start with jp.co.pfu.blah blah blah. The one you want is called jp.co.pfu.ScanSnap. V10L10.plist (that V10L10 might be different for you. Not sure what that signifies exactly)
If you want to see what is in it and you are in Leopard, highlight it and hit the space bar. Quick Look will open up.
Back up that file and you should have your settings saved if disaster strikes. It might even be good for migrating your ScanSnap settings to another machine, though I have not tried that yet.
Let me know if this trick does end up helping some day.