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Tip# 3714 By Leonid Nemirovsky On 21-Aug-2011
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Categories : Saving Files
Software type : AutoCAD 2012
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Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky explains a way to help manage your automatically saved files in AutoCAD.

"To be sure that you can always find those AutoCAD autosave files with the SV$ extension, create a special folder in a convenient location with a meaningful name. For example, create C:AUTOCAD AUTOSAVE FILES (on your C drive or anywhere else), then go to Options > Files > Automatic Save File Location and browse to that folder, click Apply, and close. Or set the SaveFilePath variable to that folder path."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol:
Standardize — keep this in mind when setting up AutoCAD. Create a set of standard folders in which to keep your templates, blocks, notes, files, and your autosave files. Doing so helps you know where to go when you need to see how much work you lost (or didn’t lose).


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Comment by McSwain,R.K.
Posted on 2011-08-22 13:53:30
In recent versions of AutoCAD, you can use the ._DrawingRecovery command to view and open autosave files.
Comment by Kellogg,c. Frank
Posted on 2011-08-23 12:48:14
I did this a long time ago, and always keep a shortcut to that folder in my windows taskbar at the bottom of my screen. Any .sv$ or .bak file needs only to be re-named to .dwg, and it can be opened, saved to a new location, have objects copyclip-ed out of it, etc. The .sv$ often go back many hours or days, so you can recover long-lost work easily.