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    Workshared file corrupt, where's my backup???

    Ok, I had a little problem with a workshared file. I was finishing up my documentation set for building permit appliance. Revit started complaining about the reach of memory limits, so I saved to central and closed Revit. No problems what soever.
    Then restarted Revit: file corrupt. Both local file and the central file needed "manual recovery".

    I did a quick search on the internet, and there should be a way to recover backups. BUT, my backup folder was completely empty! Does this feature only work with the workshare monitor enabled? Does anyone know why I don't have my backups?

    Also, would it be worth the trouble to have Autodesk look at the file? I already remodeled everything because I was on a deadline, but I would like to know what caused the problem...
    Martijn de Riet
    Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
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    #2
    See if you Server or local machines have Shadow Copies enabled, if so, you can open a Previous Version of the file before it became corrupt
    and make it a new central. This has saved our bacon several times on huge projects!
    Cliff B. Collins
    Registered Architect
    The Lamar Johnson Collaborative Architects, St. Louis, MO
    Autodesk Expert Elite

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      #3
      I just redrew it all.. No shadows. (I know...). I do have daily backup but I disabled that in this session because it was killing my bandwith. Anyway, I was looking for the reason Revit didn't auto-create the backup files. It also doesn't do the *.001-backups when workshared...
      Martijn de Riet
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        #4
        Originally posted by mdradvies View Post
        It also doesn't do the *.001-backups when workshared...
        The backup work differently when the project is workshared. The *.001 files do not get created. To go back you use the project rollback feature.

        http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Revit/e...9-Workshar2339

        Files needing manual recovery can be sent to support to get them back sometimes.
        Last edited by JeffH; June 24, 2011, 02:08 AM.
        Jeff Hanson
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          #5
          Hi Jeff,

          I found that option yes. But if I start it up, it will look in the backup folder which is completely empty... That was what I stated in the OP, why aren't they created? Do you need to have the Worksharing Monitor on?

          I am sending the file for recovery, but since you're on the other side of the world it wouldn't be back in time for my deadline.
          Martijn de Riet
          Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
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            #6
            Originally posted by mdradvies View Post
            Hi Jeff,

            I found that option yes. But if I start it up, it will look in the backup folder which is completely empty... That was what I stated in the OP, why aren't they created? Do you need to have the Worksharing Monitor on?

            I am sending the file for recovery, but since you're on the other side of the world it wouldn't be back in time for my deadline.
            The backup folder will not contain RVT files. It contains 3 files that make up kind of a transaction log of sorts that can be used to rebuild the file. If you look in Windows not be empty. The worksharing monitor doe snot need to be turned on to create the backups.

            Yes I am on the other side of the world, but the support techs on your side of the world might be able to recover the file without development help. :-) Good luck
            Jeff Hanson
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            Autodesk, Revit - User Experience

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              #7
              Nope they weren't...
              Back to the Rollback function: I started this in Revit, it opens a dialogue box. But this will NOT show the files in the backup folder. So how do I use this then?
              Martijn de Riet
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                #8
                You point it TO the backup folder, then click open. Another dialogue box will show you the last X number of save times, and you can roll back to one of them. It will not show you any RVT's in the open dialoge, ever.
                Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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                  #9
                  Roll backs are a bit illusive unless you know the "trick" Aaron mentions above.

                  It is a very tricky / hidden feature which causes lots of confusion, and is not very well documented.

                  This is why we use Shadow Copies on both local Windows 7 machines and on the Windows Server 2008 to get Previous Versions ( saves every 1/2 hour ) to create a new Central from. This does not happen very often, but when it does we are glad to have the shadow copies.
                  Cliff B. Collins
                  Registered Architect
                  The Lamar Johnson Collaborative Architects, St. Louis, MO
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by cliff collins View Post
                    It is a very tricky / hidden feature which causes lots of confusion, and is not very well documented.
                    Is there something that can be done to make this "better documented"?

                    http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Revit/e...0-Rolling_2340
                    Jeff Hanson
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                    Autodesk, Revit - User Experience

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