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Migration: Windows to WorkgroupPDM.

Question asked by Ben Fulton on Jan 27, 2016
Latest reply on Feb 22, 2016 by Ben Fulton

Hello all,


So I am moving a business's entire CAD system into Workgroup PDM (yes there are better options but lets forget those here)


There is approx. 35,000 solidworks files. 30% could be deleted as they are copies of other files - these happened due to people doing a pack and go into new folders for next level revision and 90% of those files in the pack and go didn't actually change, so there is quite a lot of files that are identical but the REFERENCES are everywhere. Epic headache territory.


To say this is a massive task to go through each set of files and reassign the references to just one common file is an understatement, as those who know this is entirely to do with the fact that wPDM will only allow single copies of the same file name.


My question:

Is there any intelligent tools or macros that can help minimize the workload for such a headache?


For the most part it is quicker to adjust the names of the multiple copy files just so I can get the lot in the vault and then fix references there, which seems easier. But still incredibly time consuming. Maybe I am going about this wrong? Advice welcome.


I don't like icebergs. They need to be obliterated with excessive force. This task is an iceberg. I want to end it!!!


I appreciate any help and questions to help clarify what I am doing.