PDM – Safely Deleting and Recreating a Local Vault View

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated June 13, 2011


Below are steps to safely delete and recreate a Local Vault View. These steps should be performed by a user with PDM Administrative permissions.

Before deleing the Local Vault View, it should first be determined which files are checked out by the PDM user(s), whose Local Vault View is to be deleted. The default Complete Search card can be used to find which files a user has checked out.

Searching for Files Checked Out by User

The search results can be opened and saved for later use. The option to open the search results is in the menu bar, at the top-right of the search Window.

Opening Search Results


If there are no checked out files or if all files can be checked in, the process to delete a local vault view is a matter of right-clicking on the local vault view, and selecting ‘Delete File Vault View.’

Delete File Vault View

Delete File Vault View

If all not all files can be checked in, an ‘undo check out’  can be performed, by a user with the PDM Administration permission ‘Can undo check out files checked out by other users.’ Please note that when performing an ‘undo check out,’ the local copy will be overwritten with the version in the PDM Archive. Any changes to the local copy will be lost.  


To perform a ‘undo check out, right-click on a file or folder and select ‘undo check out.’

Undo Check Out


When deleting a Local Vault, if the Vault contains checked-out files, a warning will inform the user of this.

Warning that Local Vault View Contains Check-out Files

Solidworks PDM will then prompt the user to login into the Loca Vault View, after which the checked-out files can be checked in.

Check-in Dialogue Box

If all files cannot be checked in, and overwriting the local versions is to be avoided, the Local Vault View can be manually deleted. Manually deleting a Local Vault View requires editing some sensitive areas of Windows, and it may be faster and safer to use the results of the previously mentioned PDM search. The files listed in the search can be copied to a folder outside the Local Vault View, and with a copy of these files, an ‘undo check-out can be performed on the vaulted. At this point, the Local vault View can be deleted.


Once a new Local Vault View is created, check out the files from the PDM Search.  Next copy the files that are outside of the Local Vault View, into the new Local Vault View, overwriting the vaulted files. Now these files can be checked in as needed.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.