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Re: AUTOCAD: NEED HELP RECOVERING DRAWING!

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John
Perform system restore
if you remember what time did you work on file,
you can restore your system but make sure to backup any thing after that time
system restore can be perform from  msconfig
click on start button and then click on run
type msconfig
I assumed you run windows XP

Dave A,. P.E.
----- Original Message ----- From: "John H. Cato, jr, R.A." <jcato(--nospam--at)accessatc.net>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 7:58 AM
Subject: Re: AUTOCAD: NEED HELP RECOVERING DRAWING!


Unless something's changed in recent versions - that 'autosave' file will be named something like "autoxxx.sv$" (where the 'xxx' is a sequential number). These are just simply standard '.dwg' files and the 'sv$' extension can be changed back to '.dwg' and the drawing will open with no problem. I think these are (by default) placed in your Windows 'temp' directory - but you can change the place where AutoCAD places this (I've set up a 'acad temp stuff' directory for this).

I've recovered many drawings this way.

-- john.

p.s. I'd change that default save time (normally 120 minutes) back to something more sane - like 10 minutes or so - with systems today (i.e. fast), any interruption while it saves is negliable - and, worst case, you only lose 10 minutes worth of work.


Dennis S. Wish, PE wrote:

Yes, I forgot to mention that you can recover if you have the autosave feature activated in Autocad as well as converting the BAK file to a DWG simply by changing the extension to DWG. Good suggestion - sorry I forgot about it as I was focusing on saving in a newer version that will cause problems.
Dennis



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