Monday, May 02, 2005


Automatic save in AutoCAD

One of the most frequently asked questions is the location/existence of automatic backup files created by AutoCAD in preset time intervals.
The most confusing behaviour of these backup files is that they are deleted on regular AutoCAD exit. So if your AutoCAD session doesn't fail/abort, don't look for the SV$ backup file.
The second issue is the time interval - if you set e.g. 600 seconds the .SV$ files are not saved every 10 minutes - they are saved only after 10 minutes of every change of your edited drawing (if another timed save has not occurred and if you haven't saved your drawing manually).
To restore your drawing from a .SV$ file, just rename it to .DWG or use the automatic restore functionality introduced in AutoCAD 2006.

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