AutoCAD 2013 Drawing Recovery Manager

Drawing Recovery Manager: Imagine you were working on an important project in AutoCAD., and that you found that due to a power surge, the computer restarted or the program terminated unexpectedly. What’s the next step ?

Here comes a rescue that you would have felt its a blessing in disguise :-)Yes ! is the Drawing Recovery Manager.

[help]What is Drawing Recovery Manager [/help]

Drawing Recovery Manager, repairs and then opens a damaged drawing file.

Sounds interesting ? Yes When the tool closes unexpectedly and next time you open AutoCAD all that you see as part of the first dialogue box is shown below


[important]How to Open Drawing Recovery Manager[/important]

Click the Application button, and choose Drawing Utilities > Open the Drawing Recovery Manager


Any drawings that can be restored from an unexpected program or system failure are listed under Backup Files.

[important]Repair a Drawing File due to System Failure [/important]

  1. If the program encounters a problem and cannot continue, it displays an error message and, for some errors, an error code. Record the error code number, save changes the drawing if possible, and exit.
  2. Restart the product.
  3. In the Drawing Recovery window, under Backup Files, double-click the drawing node to expand it, and double-click one of the drawing or backup files to open it.
  4. If the program detects that the drawing has been damaged, a message is displayed asking if you want to proceed.
  5. Enter y to proceed.As the program attempts to repair the drawing, a diagnostic report is displayed. The output from the audit is written to an audit log (ADT) file if the AUDITCTL system variable is set to 1.
    NoteAUDITCTL is set to 0, by default.
  6. Depending on whether the repair is successful, do one of the following:
    • If the repair is successful, the drawing opens. Save the drawing file.
    • If the program cannot repair the file, a message is displayed. In that case, choose one of the other drawing or backup files listed in the Drawing Recovery window beginning with step 3.

[important] Auditing Files : EXAMPLE [/important]

Auditing a file generates a description of problems with a drawing file and recommendations for correcting them. As you start the audit, you specify whether you want the program to try to fix the problems it encounters. The report is similar to the following example:

Auditing Header

DXF NAME Current Value Validation Default

PDMODE 990 – 2040

UCSFOLLOW 811 or 0

Error found in auditing header variables

4 Blocks audited

Pass 1 4 objects audited

Pass 2 4 objects audited

Total errors found 2 fixed 2

If you chose not to correct the errors, the last statement changes to

Total errors found 2 fixed 0.

The output from a recovery audit is written to an audit log (ADT) file if the AUDITCTL system variable is set to 1 (On).

Recovery does not necessarily preserve the high-level consistency of the drawing file. The program extracts as much material as it can from the damaged file.

[important]The Drawing Recovery Manager[/important]

  1. Open the Drawing Recovery Manager
  2. Under Backup Files, double-click a drawing node to list all available drawing and backup files.
  3. Double-click a file to open it.If the drawing file is damaged, the drawing is automatically repaired, if possible.

[important]Remove drawing from Drawing Recovery Manager[/important]

  1. Open the Drawing Recovery Manager
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Restore the drawing and then save it.
    • Right-click a drawing node. Click Remove.


[important] List of files [/important]

For each drawing, you can open and choose from the following files if they exist:

  • DrawingFileName.dwg
  • DrawingFileName.bak

[important] Commands for Repairing Drawings[/important]



System Variables


2 thoughts on “AutoCAD 2013 Drawing Recovery Manager”

  1. My apologies if this is not the correct forum:
    I’ve just worked on a series of clients drawing using AutoCad 2009. They are using AutoCad 2013. out of 20 or so drawings several drawings when opening with 2013 open up with Errors requesting recovery is required due to any number of errors ranging from 3 to 7 on average. The error message asks [yes] to recover and it aborts or [no] to continue and the drawing opens ok without further error.
    If I recover the drawings, and save-as 2013 or other, the same errors appear regardless. However if I open the same drawings using my version of 2009, I didn’t get any errors.
    The original drawings were compatible with 2009 without conversion.
    Can you please help?

    1. Hello Graeme,
      Did you get the problem resolved. I am having the same problem. Real trouble when batch plotting.

      I will be grateful if you share the solution.

      Kind regards,

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