Jump to content

My file is damaged

Recommended Posts



can anyone help, i have a damaged file and i have tried the workgroup reference way but i cannot do it, if i upload the file can some try for me?



Share this post

Link to post

Try forwarding the file to your UK distributor - If it is 0 kB I don't like your chances though.

Have you tried opening the backup file and saving that with a new name? That may at least give you some of your file back.

Share this post

Link to post

Hi Mike,

ive tried evrything, i am so upset i spent 6 hours on my drawing


Share this post

Link to post

Did you have the Vectorworks Preference for keeping a backup copy on? Its purpose is to prevent file corruption catastrophes.

Share this post

Link to post


Try this as it has worked for me before.

1) Open a new blank document (name it as you like) and save it.

2) Open the organization dialog box and reference your damaged file into the new blank document. [ Select "References". Select "New". Locate you damaged file. Select Open. Select "Save reference cache to disk" and "Update class definitions for referenced symbols" but deselect "Automatically update..." Now select "Ok" and

3) With the referenced file selected go to "Settings" Select "Layer import" and make sure "Only update out of date references" is e


4) With the referenced file selected go to "Edit" and select all of the layers containing the information you want to recover. Select ok

5) Exit the "Organization" dialog box by selecting ok.

6) Save file.

7) Now remove the file refererencing. [Reopen the "Organization" dialog box and select the referenced file and select "Delete". Make sure that all options of "Keep in current document" are selected.

8) Save file.

You should now be able to rebuild your file and organize it as required.

Pleas note...... This does not transfer viewports or layer links from the damaged file but it is better than losing the whole file.

Share this post

Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


7150 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046, USA   |   Contact Us:   410-290-5114


© 2018 Vectorworks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Vectorworks, Inc. is part of the Nemetschek Group.

  • Create New...