Catch & Repair More Corrupt Files with SOLIDWORKS 2017

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated October 13, 2016


One of the most disappointing experiences a designer can face is to discover that a SOLIDWORKS file they have put valuable hours into has become corrupt.

SOLIDWORKS 2017 is going to do it’s very best to help you recover some of those lost hours by attempting to repair corrupt files automatically!

SOLIDWORKS 2016 File Error

SOLIDWORKS 2016 File Error


Shattering corruption and disappointment

When corrupt SOLIDWORKS file is opened, you are prompted to confirm if you would like SOLIDWORKS to attempt to repair the file (why is there even an option to say “No” here?).

Repair corrupt SOLIDWORKS file

SOLIDWORKS Repair Message

If yes is your choice, and of course it is. Then SOLIDWORKS will proceed to make a copy of the file and navigate around the damaged segments of the file in question.

Repair success message

Repair success message

If the repair is successful, SOLIDWORKS will provide a report on which segments of the file were repaired. A link to a log file is also provided so you can analyze the details further.

Once your repaired file is saved, you are free to substitute it into your assembly via any regular method.

The enhanced abilities in SOLIDWORKS 2017 should not be taken in place of a decent backup plan and recovery strategy!

With any attempts to recover corrupt assemblies or drawings, you must have the parts open in their own windows prior to attempting the recovery of an assembly or a drawing file.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.