when you pack & go, tick 'add prefix' or 'add suffix' to rename them.
You guys were all right, too bad I can't give a correct answer to all of them. Pack and Go is the way to go, with the added twist of changing the file names.
I used the Select/Replace, which worked awesome, except for one detail. The user can't Replace items in the Save to Folder column. And I couldn't edit the folder paths individually either. This meant that I had to Flatten my folder structure if I didn't want to create a horrendously long folder path. Oh well.
However, I am free from references to my original assembly and parts! Thank you so much! Now I can get some work done....
Jason's suggestion will work, but if you don't want to add a prefix or suffix to each file name, you can re-name them individually. Double-click on the file name in this column and a dialog box will pop-up. After thinking about it I'm not sure that was available with SW2010. If not, then maybe this will help someone else.
Another option would be to RMB on the part in Windows Explorer before making any changes and choose SolidWorks > Re-name. Then you can change the name and that will also break any references back to the original. By the way, I'm surprised that you're having that problem at all. I've never had any problems with retained references using Pack and Go.
Agreed, pack and go is the best way. Select/Replace function is brilliant for renaming, deselecting multiple files and all sorts, set the right rules and you won't miss any items.
Download SwRename-En.xls that does what you want. Awesome little spreadsheet made judyyai.
You can use excel function to create smart file names in column NewFileName. Just remove the forumla
in the end and replace it with ValueOnly. Oh...the best part it autoupdates file references to existing files i.e. drawings, assemblies.
Kudos to Judyyai...I hope I got it right