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How to Recover Lost CAD Files

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How to Recover Lost CAD Files

CAD is a visual drawing software, and many commands and operations can be realized through menu options and tool buttons in many ways. And it has many drawing functions and drawing assistance functions. In the work, the use of CAD plays an important role.

The most common thing in our work is making drawings. CAD drawings can perfectly express the designer's ideas. However, in the process of use, some errors will inevitably occur. These errors may result in the loss of the finished CAD files.

"After the CAD file is lost, is there any way to retrieve it?" This is a question from many users who have lost CAD files for various reasons. After discovering that many users have this trouble, we have summarized all the methods that may help you and hope to help you solve your problems.

Method 1: recover lost CAD files from C drive

1.Open the AutoCAD application

2. Go to Tools and Options

3. Go to the "File" tab under options

4. In the "Files" tab, click "Auto save file location" and check the location of the automatically saved file (default location is C: \ Documents and Settings \ USERNAME \ Local \ Temp)

5. Access the folder and try to search your CAD file name, the extension of the CAD file is different (BAK or SV $)

6. After finding these files, change the file extension of these files from.bak or .sv $ to .dwg. If the pop-up warning says that after changing it may not be used, just click "OK".

In this way, the lost CAD file can be retrieved. Double-click the file to open it, and you can easily browse the recovered file. Of course, if you do not set up auto-save, you cannot use this way to retrieve it. Then look at the following way.

Method 2: retrieve files from backup

Generally speaking, there are two kinds of backup files in cad by default, one of which is the one just mentioned. There is also a file with a suffix ".bak". This file location is the same as the location of the previously lost file. Go to the folder location and find the file. To ensure the security of the data, copy out the data.

Place the copied file on another disk and change its extension to ".dwg". If the pop-up warning says that after changing it may not be used, just click "OK".

Of course, these methods are too complicated for computer beginners. And it is not the best in recovery effect. Here is a more convenient and effective recovery method.

Method 3: The most effective way to recover

It is recommended to use UnCutData Recovery Free Software to recover your CAD files.

UnCutData Recovery Free Software is an all-in-one free data recovery software, which is suitable for a variety of different loss situations. With only three simple steps, you can quickly recover lost CAD files with its help.

Next, I will show you how UnCutData Recovery Free Software can solve the CAD file loss problem for you through specific steps.

Step 1: Start the software and select the type of lost files

Open UnCutData Recovery Free Software, and the format selection interface of data appears before you.

There are two lines of icons in the interface that represent the file format. What you need to do at this time is to choose the data format corresponding to the contents of your lost folder. Here we can choose the right end of the second line "Other Files"

After the check is completed, a small circle with a check mark will appear in the lower right corner of the icon. At this time, you can click the "Next" button at the right end, as shown below.

Step 2: Select the disk where the missing CAD file is located

All the disks in your computer will be listed in the interface that appears at this time. The next thing you need to do is to select the disk where your lost files were originally located.

E.g.: The CAD file you saved was originally put on the D disk, then please select your D disk. After you select it, a small circle with a check mark will appear at the far right of the line of the disk name line. At this time, you can click the "Scan" button on the top right to scan your D drive.

It takes a certain time to complete the scanning of the entire disk. The length of time is determined by the files stored on your D disk. The more complicated file type and the larger file size will take the longer scanning time, and vice versa. It usually takes only ten seconds to complete the scan. Please wait a bit.


Scanning is divided into quick scan and deep scan (advanced scan).

Quick Scan: The advantage of this scanning method is that it is fast and can save you a lot of time, but some deep files may not be scanned.

Deep Scan: If you don't find your lost folder during scanning, you don't need to worry. Deep Scan will rescan for you and find the deep folders, but it takes a little longer. Please be patient.

Step 3: Select your lost folder for recovery

After the scan is completed, you can browse all the files in your D drive through the left side bar of the interface.

Find your lost folder, select it and click the "Recover" button. Then all your lost folders will be returned to your computer, as shown below.

You can find your lost folder by selecting files or opening folders one by one to find and select it, and then click the "Recover" button in the upper right corner.

To prevent the original data from being damaged, it is not recommended that you restore the folder to the original disk. The D drive file can be saved to a disk other than the D drive.

The recovery process is not difficult. UnCutData Recovery Free Software can recover your lost CAD files in just three steps. Download the trial version of UnCutData Recovery Free Software for free to try it out. Before you pay, it can help you recover 200MB data for free.

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If you are suffering from the lost CAD files, download the software and try it now. You can also recommend this software to more friends who need to recover lost files. The result will not disappoint you.

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