Moving SOLIDWORKS PDM Files does not regenerate Data Card Values?

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated November 15, 2017


When moving SOLIDWORKS PDM files between folders, with the option ‘Folder data card variable’ checked the result may not be what you are expecting.

Moving SOLIDWORKS PDM files Default Values

Default Values


The expectation would be that any Data Card Control, with ‘Folder data card variable’,  would pull the Variable Value from the Folder Card, regardless how the file made its way to the folder.

When a file is moved or copied and the associated Data Card has Default Values, the existing values are copied to the target file. The default values of the target file are NOT regenerated. With the exception of:

  • Data card variables with the Unique flag set. If this set, the variable value is cleared, the user is warned and the default value is regenerated.
Unique variable

Unique variable

  • Data card variable is a serial number. The user is warned and the variable value is set to next available serial number.
Serial number

Serial number

  • Default Overwrites is enabled for data card variable. The variable value for any copied file is regenerated, but the variable value is not regenerated for files that are moved (cut & paste).
Default overwrites

Default overwrites

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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.