When you start SOLIDWORKS after the system has crashed, any available auto-recovered documents are listed under Document Recovery on the SOLIDWORKS Recovery tab of the Task Pane. From there they can be saved as a new file or used to replace the original.
To open an auto-recovered document:
- Double-click the document in the Document Recovery list, or right-click the document and select Open.
- You can then save the document either by using Save to replace the original file or by using Save As to create a new file.
If you look at the name of the auto-recovered file, you will see that SOLIDWORKS has saved a copy of the part or assembly file and added a prefix, and appended the file extension.
- For Example: PART A.SLDPRT – Is saved as: AutoRecover Of PART A.SLDPRT.SWAR
If you edit the name and extension of the file, removing the Auto-Recover prefix, as well as replacing the .swar extension with the correct part, assembly or drawing file extension – we end up with a copy of our original file, that has the last change saved based on the number of minutes set in the Backup/recover options.