SOLIDWORKS Save, Backup, and Auto-recover Options

Article by Mersedeh Zandvakili updated May 22, 2019


Have you ever lost work simply because you forgot to save your changes? Have you ever changed your design and couldn’t redo the changes to a previous model, so you had to start over? Then let me show you how to guarantee you are keeping your designs safe by setting up SOLIDWORKS save, backup and auto-recover settings in your system options.

SOLIDWORKS has multiple settings for backing up your files. These settings can be accessed easily from Tools > Options > System Options > Backup/Recover.

Save, autorecover, and backup settings in SOLIDWORKS system options

Save, auto-recover, and backup settings in SOLIDWORKS system options

SOLIDWORKS Auto-recover Options

In the first section, Auto-recover, you can set a time frequency for saving auto-recover files for your current document and the location that these files are saved. This will save a .SWAR (SOLIDWORKS auto-recovery) file to the location that you specify. If you experience a crash and SOLIDWORKS closes, the next time you open SOLIDWORKS, the task pane shows you the auto-recovered file and you can open this file instead. However, when you save a file manually, the auto-recovery file will be deleted to free up space.

If you work with SOLIDWORKS simulation, you can save an auto-recover file after meshing and after running a simulation study to make sure you keep your meshing and results data safe in case of a crash.

SOLIDWORKS Backup Options

For the second section, backup, you can save multiple back up copies per document based on your settings up to a maximum of 10 backups per document, and specify where you want the backup files to be saved. Every time, you save a document, SOLIDWORKS saves a backup document of your file. In order to free up disk space and save new backup documents you can set backup files older than a specific date to be deleted automatically.

SOLIDWORKS Save Reminder Option

In the last section, you can set up save reminder notification, so that you get a warning from SOLIDWORKS if you haven’t saved your files for a period of time.

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Mersedeh Zandvakili

Mersedeh Zandvakili is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Applications Expert, based in the Javelin Oakville Head Office.