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How to Open AutoSave file in AutoCAD

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by sunithbabu on August 29, 2013

In this tip we will look at How to Open AutoSave File in AutoCAD. In AutoCAD Software by default there are options to save the AutoCAD drawings. Further we will learn Where are Autosave files stored and how to access them

How to Open AutoSave file in AutoCAD

Now let’s look at how to open autosave file in AutoCAD – Automatic Save Files – commonly called as “autosave” files are backup files created automatically¬† by the AutoSave Feature. Automatic save is enabled by default and the number of minutes between automatic saves can be set in the Open and Save tab in the Options dialog box or using the SAVETIME system variable.

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AutoCAD Autosave File Extension Format

If AutoCAD crashes or is otherwise abnormally terminated during a session, its essential to know how to recover autosaved files. You can recover data saved in sv$ files by locating the autosave file, renaming the sv$ extension to dwg and then opening that file in AutoCAD. The autosave file will contain all drawing information as of the last time autosave ran. When AutoCAD closes normally, sv$ files are deleted.

How to Access Autosave

You can determine the location of your autosave files by going to the Files tab in the Options dialog box and inspecting the Automatic Save File Location folder in the hierarchy. Once you know where the files are being saved, use Windows Explorer to navigate to that folder to recover your sv$ file.

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Automatic save can be disabled by unchecking Automatic save in the Open and Save tab in the Options dialog box or by setting the SAVETIME system variable to 0.

Note: Disabling automatic save prevents AutoCAD from automatically creating sv$ files while you work. In the event of a crash, there will be no interim files to use for data recovery.

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