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    Edit 'recovered' drawings

    I had a computer crash and was asked whether I wanted to 'recover' the drawing I was working on, to which I rely 'Yes".
    However once my computer was working again, I could open the drawing but it is completely frozen and I can't edit it or do any work on it at all. How do I unlock it?

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    The first thing to try:

    Instead of 'opening' the drawing try typing 'recover' into the command line.

    You will get a dialogue the same as the 'open' one.

    Select the problem drawing and click OK.

    Autocad will go through the drawing recovery routine.

    Come back for more if that doesn't sort it.
    Im intelligent enough to know that I dont know everything; but I'll tell you all about it anyway.

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    Thanks but unfortunately it doesn't seem to have worked. I assume what you asked me to do was to go into another drawing and enter the 'recover' command which takes me to the list of files and then to click on 'open'?

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    That's right.

    So that didn't work?

    Can you confirm that you can open the problem drawing, see it all on screen, but can't do anything with it?

    More things to ask, sorry.

    Is this your own drawing, or has it come from someone else?

    Does it contain any x-refs to other drawing (s)?

    And look in the folder where it is saved.
    Is there a file with the same name but with a '.bak' at the end of the filename? (Or possibly a '.sv$').
    Im intelligent enough to know that I dont know everything; but I'll tell you all about it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NukeCad View Post
    That's right.

    So that didn't work?

    Can you confirm that you can open the problem drawing, see it all on screen, but can't do anything with it?

    More things to ask, sorry.

    Is this your own drawing, or has it come from someone else?

    Does it contain any x-refs to other drawing (s)?

    And look in the folder where it is saved.
    Is there a file with the same name but with a '.bak' at the end of the filename? (Or possibly a '.sv$').
    Yes, the drawing is my own and I can see the whole thing on screen. I'm not sure what you mean by 'x-ref'. There are two drawings which I can't edit - the first is '.dwg' and the second '_recover'. No sign of any '.bak' files, but that could be because I have deleted them. Hope that helps - it's quite a big drawing. Thanks

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    If you don't know what an x-ref is then you won't have one.
    (An x-ref is another whole drawing that is referenced to load into the current drawing but is saved elsewhere).

    The ####_recover.dwg would have been created by the recover command.

    Open the original .dwg and try the following:
    Type in -purge <enter> (note the hyphen), type in R <enter>, type in N <enter>.
    Type in purge <enter> (no hyphen this time), select alll the boxes, Click Purge All
    Type in audit <enter>, it will ask 'fix all errors' type in Y <enter>.
    Saveas the drawing (with a new name to preserve the original).

    If that doesn't work then:

    When you say that you can't edit do you mean that you can't select anything at all?
    Or can you select things but not modify them?
    Or can you select the whole drawing but not individual items?

    Sorry for all the questions but the more we know the more we can narrow down just what is going on.

    So going from the questions above:
    If you can select the whole drawing, but not any individual lines or text, then select the whole drawing and try exploding it.
    (Just type in 'explode' without the quotes).

    If you can select things but not modify them then in what order are you doing this?
    Select item -modify command or modify command -select item?
    Try setting both pickfirst=1 and pickadd=1
    (again just type them in like that).

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    To save time with replies if none of the above is successful the next step to try will be to try to Wblock the drawing to a new file.
    How to Write Block all necessary information in the file out to a new drawing (from the command line):

    Type Wblock at the command line.
    Under Source, select "Objects".
    Under Objects, click the "Select objects" icon.
    Use a selection window to choose only the necessary objects from the file (do not simply type ALL).
    Set file path and name, then OK.

    Open a new blank drawing file.
    Insert the file you have just created (from the command line):

    Type Insert at the command line.
    Select the file.
    Uncheck "Specify On-screen" and check "Explode", then OK.

    Type PURGE at the command line. With all checkboxes checked on, click Purge All.
    Audit and fix any errors.
    Saveas and create a new file name.


    If none of the above works then can you attach a copy of th edrawing to a post?
    Then Kyle or myself can take a look at it.
    Last edited by NukeCad; 24-09-2016 at 01:59 PM.
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    You're a super star - It worked - Thanks very much for the help.

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    Your welcome,

    Just for interest which stage was it that worked for you?
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