Are you getting SOLIDWORKS warning messages about your auto recovery folder and don’t know how to correct it? Fear not, this guide will show you what this means and how to fix it.
This warning message, Figure 1, is SOLIDWORKS’ core functionality, regardless of what add-in or what product you are using inside of it. It pops up when SOLIDWORKS boots up or when you load a file.
It is a specific message geared to ensure the auto-recover folder exists, there is enough storage on the drive where that folder is located, and you have write access to it.
Figure 1: ‘The specified auto-recover folder does not exist and cannot be created. The disk might be full or permissions might be restricted. Please correct the problem or create a new auto-recover folder in an available location’
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First, let’s ensure the auto-recover folder exists.
Go to Tools > Options > Backup/Recover > Auto Recover > Auto-recover folder. See Figure 2. Make note of the Auto-recover folder location and use Windows Explorer to browse to that folder. If you cannot find the Auto-recover folder, there is the problem. Simply designate a new folder by clicking the browse-to icon in the Auto-recover folder settings. See Figure 3.
Figure 2: Auto-recover options in System Options
Figure 3: Browse-to icon to designate a new Auto-recover folder
Second, we need to ensure there is write access to the Auto-recover folder.
Go to the Security settings for that folder (right-click the folder and choose properties) and ensure that your user profile has Write access. You might have to get with your IT department for this. See Figure 4.
Figure 4: Auto-recover folder security settings
Third, check the drive storage space.
Browse to the drive in Windows Explorer and right-click > Properties and check the Free Space. If your drive has run out of storage, designate a new Auto-recover folder in a drive with sufficient free space. See Figure 5.
Figure 5: Drive for the Auto-recover folder
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This simple test ensures the SOLIDWORKS Auto-recover functionality works correctly.
If you have tried the steps above and the file is not generating in the Auto-recover folder, try these steps next:
Figure 6: Asterix showing a file in a dirty state to force creation of Auto-recover file
About Rodolfo Gutierrez
Rodolfo Gutierrez is a Mechanical Engineer by profession specializing in SOLIDWORKS, Routing, PDM, Sheet Metal, and Weldments. Lucky husband and goofy dad. Loves productivity hacks.
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