i screwed up one of my assemblies today and need to see if i can find a backup of this assembly at most just a day from today.

 

is there a folder pathway where I can retrieve it from? I am using 2018 SW


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Last comment By: Rick McDonald   Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:58:10 GMT
Re: is there a way to backup an older solidworks file assembly from the day before?

If you go to your system options you can see if it is set to save backup files and where they might be. This may or may not save you.

 

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By: Jim Steinmeyer  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:03:43 GMT
Re: is there a way to backup an older solidworks file assembly from the day before?

I think I have my settings to save 10 backups.  But how often you do a save will depend on how many backups you should keep.

Mostly depends on how much storage space you have, how big your assemblies are and if you do like I do and hit the save button often.  I will usually not hit the save when something is NOT working or giving errors (until I have corrected them or it is the end of the day and need to save the work in error form for the next day)  I rarely go back to the backups, but they can be a lifesaver if you totally mess something up and then just close it and then open the backup.

Just be aware that you are now working on the backup so you may need to do a "save as" to the original file name or other files that reference the main assembly or part will be using the old corrupted one and not the one you are working on from the auto backed up file.

By: Rick McDonald  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:19:45 GMT
Re: is there a way to backup an older solidworks file assembly from the day before?

so here is a screenshot of what my backup option looks like. i am not sure since I have never had to do this before but if there is a way to retrieve the assembly saved from just yesterday that would be perfect. I was an idiot and saved when I totally messed up the assembly.

 

By: Varun Sharma  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:26:49 GMT
Re: is there a way to backup an older solidworks file assembly from the day before?

Hi Varun, I don't know if you tried it already. If the file is stored in a server, usually there is a chance to restore previous versions by right click on the folder.

By: Sergio Monti  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:29:15 GMT
Re: is there a way to backup an older solidworks file assembly from the day before?

yea i tried that there are no previous files. It is not major i can just re design the assembly in the areas where it went bad.

By: Varun Sharma  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:33:20 GMT
Re: is there a way to backup an older solidworks file assembly from the day before?

I'd definitely turn that box on now (if you haven't already!) - like Rick, I've got mine set to 10 versions as well and it has saved my bacon more times than I care to admit!

By: Eric Beatty  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:40:09 GMT
Re: is there a way to backup an older solidworks file assembly from the day before?

ok i just did that. Will follow now .haah thank you

By: Varun Sharma  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:50:35 GMT
Re: is there a way to backup an older solidworks file assembly from the day before?

This is the way I have mine setup.

 

You have the "Backup" unchecked so it will not save any backups at all.

I suggest you select the backup option - better safe than sorry.

Also, I have mine setup for 10 backups. - your default is 1.

- it does not take much disk space and if you leave yours set for 1 then it will only save the very last save and you may find you saved something that wasn't working and want to go back further - you can always delete the extra files when you are sure your last save is good if you want.

Also I do not let it automatically delete older backups because, until you are done with the project it may auto delete a backup you need and your default is set to 7 days.  Especially if you went on vacation for a week and then got on another rush job and it was more than your set time - all the files would be gone.  Again, you can always delete them manually if you want or are running out of disk space.

I have separate folders for the auto-recover and the backups.  Makes management easier.  I do not recommend saving in the same location as the original as this would clutter the folder up and make navigation and searching harder.

I have auto recover set to 3 minutes - this is probably way too short, but I have found many times that I have a file crash and there is not auto recover file existing - yet I was working on it for hours or even days.  It seems this function only will do a auto-recover in certain conditions and I have not yet determined what they all are, but more often than not, if I have a system crash, my current work is gone. - this is where the frequent saves I do comes in handy (I got used to saving often because the auto recover was not working as it should).

By: Rick McDonald  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:58:10 GMT
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