3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 12, 2015 11:58 AM by Jeff Holliday

    How To Copy Files Without Messing Up References

    Tyler Murray

      I cannot understand why it is so difficult to copy/move files with Solidworks. Every time I try and do this some sort of reference is messed up and then difficult to fix and lots of the time it tries to reference the location you copied from and then messes up those files...


      Pack and go works decently but you either get no folder structure or way too much folder structure and you also lose all your pdfs, dxfs, non assembled parts etc.


      Someone has to have figured out a way to copy a project and paste it somewhere else without messing up references etc, hopefully someone can enlighten me on how to do this because it is driving me nuts.

        • Re: How To Copy Files Without Messing Up References
          Glenn Schroeder

          You can copy a project and paste it, but all the related files need to be in a single folder.  Copy that folder, or all it's contents (files and sub-folders), and paste it somewhere else.  The new files will keep their references within that main project folder, and shouldn't reference any of the files from the original folder.  I don't highly recommend that method, but it will work.


          As far as messing up references when moving single files, it's perfectly understandable that that can cause problems if not done properly.

            • Re: How To Copy Files Without Messing Up References
              Tyler Murray

              Glenn that is what we have tried to do. All our files occur in the folder or subfolders yet when we copy and paste them elsewhere sometimes they keep the references.


              I have even gone as far to copy and paste them onto my desktop from the server, disconnect from the server, open files, ensure references are good, save file, reconnect to server reopen files and magically it starts referencing files on the server from old location again.


              I don't get why but it is very frustrating and keeps screwing up our projects if you aren't careful and make sure to fix the references.

            • Re: How To Copy Files Without Messing Up References
              Jeff Holliday

              Moving the files using SolidWorks Explorer will reduce the chances of problems occurring. It is free.