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When I finished working on a drawing today, I quit Vectorworks. During this process the application crashed. As a result, the file was damaged and I don't know how to recover it.

When I try to open the file I get this message:

This file is damaged. It will open with as much data as possible.

I click OK and this error message appears:

-39 End of file reached during read.

Attempt to read file -FSREAD

I am using Vectorworks 9.5.3 on Mac OS 10.4.6

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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Did you have your backup file turned on with create in a folder

if you did then there is a subfolder that contains the file

open that file

and make sure you save to the folder you are working with

because it will create another backup folder etc...

do not use open recent file when you are doing this kind of clean up as the file names are the same

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I am going to assume no because I am not aware of a backup feature. I do use auto save. But I don't think that's what you mean.

I do have an older version on my laptop. I suppose I'll use it and redo the parts that are lost. frown.gif

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there is a technique that may work to recover adamaged file. you can use the WorkGroup Reference command to link your old file to a new one. if this works then you can recover the damaged file.

If you go to:


then you should find a tip called

How to Save a Corrupt File

download this file and try it out

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Just 'cus VW crashed during save doesn't necessary mean the existing file was damaged. Just that any new changes were not saved as overwrite of memory data ... this is entirely an OS issue and the OS read/write is not dependent on whether or not the app is running... for good reason. VW just instructs the OS when to begin the save procedures then waits for it to happen before beginning anything else. The OS signals when it's safe to resume.

Restart and look for the file & the backup. Then launch VW and open from the File menu not from Recent Items.

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FYI - We do not support VW 9.5.3 and Tiger. Please upgrade to Vw 12 for full compatibility.

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