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Ubrigens

In a moment of arrant stupidity,whilst closing autocad,I have managed to lose all the work I had created------!

The file when opened just comes up blank and no back-up seems to exist.

Any ideas---or do I start again!!!!

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ReMark

You did not save even once while working on the drawing?

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Ubrigens

Thanks-----I had opened the file 5 minutes earlier,and had to close down in a hurry.

It is during this that the file disappeared.

I'm looking for help ---not criticism;I can do that!

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ReMark

Chill a minute.

 

I was asking; I was not telling or yelling.

 

I'll assume that you did not save at all while the drawing was open.

 

Where do you save your BAK files to?

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SLW210

I believe that was a QUESTION, not a criticism. An answer would be nice.

 

Was there something in the drawing before you opened it, originally, before the quick shut down?

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ReMark

"I had opened the file 5 minutes earlier..."

Does this mean this was not a new drawing?

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Ubrigens

The drawing had been slowly growing over a 3 week period.

I worked on it intermittently----not that it matters,but the panic was down to an emergency at the hospital.

no idea what happened, but I don't recall doing anything unusual.

I have not got a clue where the .bak files go---I have never needed them before!

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ReMark

Assuming BAK files are created every time the drawing is saved then all you lost is 5 minutes of work.

 

Most of the time BAK files will be saved in the same folder as the DWG file. It is usually just a matter of renaming a BAK file to DWG to resurrect a previous version of a drawing.

 

Question is, when you opened the file and saw nothing did you first attempt a Zoom > Extents to see if the file really was a big blank or did you just assume so?

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JD Mather

Search for the same file name but with bak extension using Windows Explorer.

Can you attach the dwg file here? Might be something as simple as a "floater".

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JD Mather
The drawing had been slowly growing over a 3 week period.

 

What does Windows Explorer return as the file size for the dwg "with nothing in it"?

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SLW210

A Zoom extents was going to be my recommendation.

 

You can always search for files on windows in all drives/folders.

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Ubrigens

Tried zoom as soon as I realised it was gone---nothing.

Checked the drawing list------only a limited number indicate .bak files,but not this one.

Think I'll bite the bullet and start again!

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ReMark

I don't understand how you can open a drawing that was done previously, work on it for 5 minutes, forget to save it and not be able to reopen the original DWG file. Where did it disappear to? Did you search your entire hard drive? You're not on a network are you? Something seems amiss.

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JD Mather
Tried zoom as soon as I realised it was gone---

 

That is meaningless - and in fact that is what you will see if there is a floater - nothing. The solution is trivial.

Attach the dwg file here.

You never answered the question about what Windows Explorer reports as the file size.

Edited by JD Mather

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CheSyn
What does Windows Explorer return as the file size for the dwg "with nothing in it"?

 

+1

 

What is the file size?

 

EDIT - sorry, JD Mather, missed your last post

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Organic

You had actually saved the file during the 3 week period, correct?

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ReMark

It appears the OP has left the building. Too bad. I think we could have salvaged the situation.

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Dadgad

You should run the FILESAVEPATH command at the commandline,

and it will tell you, at the commandline where you should hope to find your .bak file.

Edited by Dadgad

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Ubrigens

The problem is,that I thought I had saved the file in my normal manner,but in the flap at the time I have obviously not done so.

The file size ,currently, is 62.3KB.

I have located a .BAK file but that is the same size and I cannot open it anyway.

I do find meaningless and trivial not particularly helpful in this context-----but then you don't have the problem.

I will thank you for your interest----i have brought some amusement into your ivory towers and I shall continue to redraw the file.

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Dadgad

We are not laughing at you, but rather trying to help.

All you need to do, if you have the .bak file,

is to change the name so that you replace .bak with .dwg.

You will then be able to open it with Autocad.

 

The purpose of the .bak file is to always provide a safety valve, when things like this happen,

and sooner or later it will happen.

Click on the name of the file and choose RENAME from the right click menu and change that

file type and you should be back in the game.

I hope that helps you. :)

Edited by Dadgad

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