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    Default Recover a drawing file when the Recover command fails

    can anybody tell me how to recover a drawing file if Recover command couldn't make it?
    When i use the recover command i get an Autocad message : "Unable to recover drawing file"
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    Lightbulb Re: Recover a drawing file when the Recover command fails

    Hi there,
    This is the method I use when the actual drawing file is corrupted. At the very bottom of the "Tools" pull-down menu, click on "Options" This will indicate where the temporary drawing files are store. If you've been using Autosave, then there should be some files with the .sv$ file extension kicking around in this folder.

    Next using Explorer I locate an .sv$ file which was created before you started having problems with the drawing file. Rename this to a .dwg file extension, then open it with AutoCAD. Hopeful you will have something usable, that will save you drawing the whole thing from scratch.
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    Default Re: Recover a drawing file when the Recover command fails

    is it possible that it is a drawing that is of a newer format than your current version of AutoCAD?
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    Default Re: Recover a drawing file when the Recover command fails

    Try another PC. Sometimes another user is able to get the file to recover.

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    Exclamation Re: Recover a drawing file when the Recover command fails

    Quote Originally Posted by L'irlandais
    Hi there,
    This is the method I use when the actual drawing file is corrupted. At the very bottom of the "Tools" pull-down menu, click on "Options" This will indicate where the temporary drawing files are store. If you've been using Autosave, then there should be some files with the .sv$ file extension kicking around in this folder.
    Just to clarify...

    A) Autosave files are not necessarily saved in the same directory as AutoCAD temporary files. The sysvar SAVEFILEPATH holds the autosave directory.

    B) Autosave files (.SV$) are deleted when AutoCAD successfully closes, so there won't be one there unless AutoCAD last crashed. There may be a good autosave BAK file there though.
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    Default Re: Recover a drawing file when the Recover command fails

    Quote Originally Posted by a_meteni
    can anybody tell me how to recover a drawing file if Recover command couldn't make it?
    When i use the recover command i get an Autocad message : "Unable to recover drawing file"
    See this link for some ideas.


    Note the last link on that page -> if nothing else works, send the drawing to Autodesk.
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    Default Re: Recover a drawing file when the Recover command fails

    I would start with the BAK file for that drawing. If the BAK is not corrupt and you save often it should not take you long to redo the work in the drawing.

    I have had success opening or recovering a drawing in a higher version of AutoCAD. If you have 2008 install it and try to recover it there.
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    Default Re: Recover a drawing file when the Recover command fails

    FWIW, IntelliCAD can sometimes (quite often) open files that AutoCAD can't.
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    Default Re: Recover a drawing file when the Recover command fails

    Quote Originally Posted by a_meteni
    can anybody tell me how to recover a drawing file if Recover command couldn't make it?
    When i use the recover command i get an Autocad message : "Unable to recover drawing file"
    1.Your drawing is made in your version of AutoCAD?
    2.It is difficulty to recover it because it can be corrupted and you can't do anything and follow idea of L'irlandais.

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    Default Re: Recover a drawing file when the Recover command fails

    Another method which I usually attempt before looking for .bak files is to open a blank drawing and insert the corrupt one into it as a block. This often works and it is then a simple case of exploding the block, running the Audit command and saving the drawing.

    Failing this, as others have said, try opening the drawing on another PC or try to open it with any other program capable of opening a dwg file.

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