I re-opened SW but I don't have the document recovery tab that is supposedly available. Anything else I can do to recover my file? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Your file is gone and there's nothing you can do to restore it.
SolidWorks has a very weak auto recovery system and most of us have experienced it,
But Solidworks doesn't bother to improve its auto recovery system.
Read this post and you can judge for yourself.
Autorecover is useless - please discuss
I disagree. You can set up auto-recovery (per my screenshot below) and refer to this link (opening .swar file) to open your SWAR (aka. backup) file. Worked great for me. I hope this helps.
If I were still on any of the previous version I've worked on, I would agree with you, but not on 2019. Having the ''Save-auto recover every 15 minutes'' on 2019 gave me murderous tendencies. Had to turn it off or I would have ended up in jail.
Old Post I know but relying on Solidworks Autorecovery is like playing a game Russian Roulette. The gun is eventually going to go off and your day will be utterly ruined. Just lost an entire days work because of a crash and the subsequent attempt by Solidworks to "recover" the files. Opened up the recovery and for some stupid reason solidworks saves all the recovery files for the entire day back over the original files (not the autorecovery files).....and even tho the recovery is set to 15 minutes I have files that look exactly like the files from 8:00 am this morning. 10 hours of work down the drain.
If there had been a software engineer in the room that was responsible for the autorecovery system when it happened they would no longer be breathing I was so furious.
that option doesn't actually do anything. it's a cute little easter egg for long-time SW users who know that there has never been a functional backup or recovery system.
As in past years "Save Often"
Not that it helps much in getting your file back but you can set a reminder to automatically pop-up to remind you to save under Tools - Options - System Options Tab click on Backup-Restore and set accordingly.
Hope this helps in the future!!!
in essence the previous replies are of course correct
but lets try to bring a ray of sunshine (possibley)
to this little grey cloud- presuming a Windows grey cloud
(Apple users don't keep their OS secret)
I am guessing you are on a single
laptop/desktop and not networked
hopefully you can say yes to the following conditions
1- did you ever save the model at all- if not that's it
2- do you have 10% free disk space -
where you stored your SW model
3- do you have system restore "Protection-On" active for
this drive- check "System Properties">"System Protection"
4- Navigate to your SW model folder>
and right click in empty space of the folder>
select "Properties">"Previous Versions"
and then you will see Previous Versions listed
if they exist- I advise to copy out to a new location/folder
5- last ditch- use one of the recovery programs such as "Recuva"
or a "Shadow" recovery program -
hope this helps have a good'n kelef
Never knew about items 3 & 4.
They are now set on my computer (they were not previously)
glad it was of some use dude
System Restore shuts down/out automatically-
(AutoRestorePoints should be set to ON)
when a drive has less than 10% free space
Protection on- is defaulted to Win-drive(C: usually) only
Previous Version can be for single file select-
by directly right click on file- then Previous Version
folder Previous Version in left tree pane or empty space within folder
and Mark Biasotti gives the direct named ~\temp folder
that "Shadow" recovery programs search thru
don't know all the ins and outs but had to
recover from enough SW crashes ha
In the event of a crash, I always go and check my SW temp directory manually to see if it wrote a .swar file. I do this because SW doesn't alway prompt for recovery files from this location. It should be it doesn't always...
You can check what SW is writing automatically to this directory the directory is found at:
It's also help fully to often refer to this directory with the Windows Explorer so that you can (in details view) see the time and date that it was written verse the last time you save the default file.
What is generally written to this file?
is it the current open SW file when SW crashed or something else?
This isn't the solution for everyone - but I've got all my files saved to DropBox with a Pro account. For any file in DB you can recover previously saved versions from the web interface ( i think this is only with the Pro or business accounts). I also have another computer linked to Dropbox which is always saving version backups as well.
All that said, there have been instances in the past when the auto-recover SW feature has saved me where none of the other things have helped.
Send it to your VAR. Sometimes they can recover it for you.
There's one more possibility that I don't think anyone mentioned. Check your SW backups (see just above the highlighted portion in the screenshot from Christopher Estelow's response). There may be a recent backup there that you can open and save.
Solidworks 2017 have a option called SW Recover.
Go to your folder, there should be a backup of your file.
This has helped me before
Go to System options -> Backup/Recover
Here you can setup a "Autosave" function.
Hope it helps!
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