I have one folder with 13 different "main assemblies" I need to move each main assembly's all drawings to another folder. Using Pack and Go does copies the drawings to the new folder but they loses all references.....
tray to use SW Explorer,u hew there many options.
Hi Antronio, My experience is that the SW explorer is very limited and slow and can only handle one file at the time. I might be wrong though. Please guid me.I have 2400 files i have to sort out today.
I did gamble on that Pack and Go wopuld work, but it doesn't work..
I am thinking that if you pack & go to the same folder the links will stay and then move the folders - I have issues where the links don't break and it keeps referencing back to the original assembly. All of my pack & go I want the links broken and last week I did the pack & go to my document folder and then moved it, seems to work on my end, so if you do opposite it should work for you..
The problem is that i don't want the drawings in the same folder. I want to move the drawings to a drawing folder, and let the models stay in the model folder.
Regarding stobborn links, Toolbox parts links are impossible to brake regardless if you "save as" it as a copy while the assembly is open or pack and go, the assembly will always look for the files in the toolbox folder if it is available. If not, it will use your saved one. But make the toolbox available again and it will take it from there. I have been fighting with this the half the day today. Even "make independent" does not kill the link to toolbox, nothing does.
I had understood that you want the files in a separate folder, however to retain the links I am assuming you need to do the pack and go in the same folder and then organize them the way you want it, again to retain the links same folder, break the links different folder, preferably different drive.
edited - That's another reason for me not to use Toolbox
I can do this. But if i move the whole mainfolder including ALL files and folders to let say USB-stick, the links will break again.
Took me about 15 years to become decent frind with Toolbox, but it still play tricks with me.
Peter Persson: Hi John, The problem is that i don't want the drawings in the same folder. I want to move the drawings to a drawing folder, and let the models stay in the model folder. Regarding stobborn links, Toolbox parts links are impossible to brake regardless if you "save as" it as a copy while the assembly is open or pack and go, the assembly will always look for the files in the toolbox folder if it is available. If not, it will use your saved one. But make the toolbox available again and it will take it from there. I have been fighting with this the half the day today. Even "make independent" does not kill the link to toolbox, nothing does.
It's not at all difficult to break the Toolbox links. See #5 here: Frequently Asked Forum Questions .
If you relocating only a drawing files, this not causes a problem.
The reason is that SolidWorks keep a link between drawing and part(assembly) only in one direction - from drawing to part (assembly).
Until you don't change part or assembly location or file name, everything has to be OK.
Not here anyway. I move drawing files from "All 3D-Models" folder to Machine-1\Mechanical Drawings, see below, will kill the links and open drawing with only empty squares.
Peter, this is the main reason for using a PDM or PLM system. There are a few questions though.
Are you the only user? What Tateos said about drawings is true, but it will only remember the last saved location, so depending on how they were stored to how they are moved and who opens them, it could have unexpected results.
You're now in a tough spot and if you HAVE to move all these files, I see 2 options.
Move them in all into the same folder, they will find the references. I know this is not what you want to do, but if you want everything to find it's references then you may need to do this step. The second method, which is kinda crazy would be to add all the locations to your "search paths" tab in File Locations under System options, however this is not what this is meant to do and you would have to do this for every users and would only be a Band-Aid.
If you have SOLIDWORKS Professional, you already have a PDM system for free!! I would highly recommend using one!
Sadly I do not have the Professional, I have an old DBWorks PDM though that im trying to dust off at the moment. But the support is slow and i get some errors.
EDIT: Im the only user
Depending on the scope of the assemblies (how many cross-references there are), I've found it simple enough to just move the files, then open the top level/drawing through the File Open dialog and use the "References" option to modify.
2016 SOLIDWORKS Help - Open Dialog Box
It's really important to save the files properly after you do this, since the external references will NOT change permanently until you save the files. It CAN be fairly straightforward, but I've seen the technique fail (spectacularly) when people don't have writing privileges to a file that has changed references.
Did you move 3D models also?
If you move 3D models SolidWorks will lose the link, If you move only drawings it will work.
I did that many times before.
Add your model folder to the Referenced Document location. Problem Solved.
You can literally drag and drop your drawing files from windows explorer.
All of your files will look at this location first before looking in the same folder. So if you name files like bolt, flange, screw, don't use this. If you name files that are unique and never duplicated on your machine then use referenced document to that folder location.
Oboy so happy i thought i would be.... But no it did not work either
You need to open your drawing and look at the references of your drawing.
To be clear, you are losing the file reference. You have to browse for the file like in the picture? If this is so click browse go to your models folder and click the file you think is part/assembly file for the drawing. See if SolidWorks will open the drawing views now or give you an error.
I suggest using a PDM to manage your files.
Yes it is grayed out. How did you got this window to open? I only get one when trying to open the part from the drawing. Browse for the file just opens the part without affecting the drawing...
I am opening it up from the drawing. You can either right click the box or the Drawing view to open it.
Open up your original drawing file in your model folder and click file and find references. Double check to make sure you didn't cross anything up and every reference is to the model folder.
Even if you do a simple "save as" on the drawing and spit it out to your desktop does it loose references? If so hit Ctrl Q on your original drawing to make sure your drawing isn't locked up and you are starting with a bad drawing to begin with.
I just open and browses for the part, it seems to solve all other drawings problems as well. I could also see that the file/find references are intact but still no views. Ctrl-q does not solves the drawing views, But the drawing header's information updated correctly.
Save as, to anywhere works just fine.
and you know if you copy and paste the drawings somewhere else you will lose the references. This is normal behavior. You have to use Sw Explorer, Pack N go, Save As, or the Referenced Document location.
I am still confused on how the referenced document location didn't work if you are using the browse for components and opening them up in the same location. It's literally the same thing.
I'm out of ideas. Something screwy is happening. If you can reproduce the problem with a smaller assembly and 1 drawing I would upload those 3 files or so for others to look at.
Peter Persson: I could also see that the file/find references are intact but still no views. Ctrl-q does not solves the drawing views,
I could also see that the file/find references are intact but still no views. Ctrl-q does not solves the drawing views,
Right click on the view and select show.
ah missed that. or a redraw ?
Yes, but WHY? The drawings clearly has the model address stored in it, so it should be possible to move and copy it anywhere as long as it within to reach the stored model address. But of some reason the address gets deleted, why is deleting the stored model address necessary?
PacknGo does not work on drawings though, if not together with the models.
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