AutoCAD is a design and drawing software to create professional 2D or 3D files, which is widely applied among architects, engineers and other professionals. The native files created in AutoCAD is saved in DWG format and it always takes a long time and great effort to finish a DWG file, if your AutoCAD DWG files are left unsaved or formatted accidentally, that would a disaster.
Yet, it is still lucky that there are solutions to recover an unsaved or restore deleted AutoCAD DWG file on Mac, Windows, even external USB device.
You may have realized that lots of professional programs add a feature of Auto Save, allowing users to auto save files every 5 or 10 minutes to a preset location, like Adobe Photshop, Micorsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and AutoCAD is no exception.
With AutoCAD’s Auto Save feature, you can recover unsaved DWG files on mac and windows pc too. But first of all, you need to make sure you have enabled this feature.
AutoCAD embeds rich features for better user experience, including the one “Create backup copy with each save”, which allows you to recover an unsaved AutoCAD DWG file with backup .bak file. If you have enabled this feature, you can follow the steps to recover your unsaved AutoCAD DWG files.
For macOS users, you can also go to Temp folder to check if the unsaved AutoCAD DWG files are there, if above 2 methods failed to recover your unsaved AutoCAD DWG file on mac.
What if we lost AutoCAD DWG files on a formatted USB or hard drive, or just deleted them by accident? No worries, we can get them back too. What you need is a piece of dedicated dwg recovery software, because there is no shortcut for this, unless you have a backup.
To recover formatted or deleted AutoCAD dwg files, the data recovery program for macOS and Windows will be different, but following are the best recommendations that worth a try.
Cisdem Data Recovery is a mac program to restore files lost under different situation. It requires installation on a mac, but allows users to restore files from both mac internal and external hard drive, that’s to say, you can not only recover deleted dwg files from your mac, but also from other external storage devices, like SD card, USB, etc.
In the case that you have found all deleted dwg files before the scanning process finishes, click on the Stop button to end the scanning, then Recover button will appear, you can continue with dwg recovery then.
Stellar Data Recovery software is the recommended tool to recover AutoCAD DWG files on Windows. It supports recovering videos, audios, photos, documents, folders from both Windows internal and external hard drive, also it recently adds a new feature to recover data from crashed or unbootable systems.
Differing from Cisdem’s 5 recovery models, Stellar allows users to select what they want to recover, which can exclude those unwanted files when scanning and save your time. Also, you can preview DWG files before data recovery with this Windows data recovery software.
Unlike others, recovering data such as AutoCAD DWG, photos, videos and others requires a professional data recovery program to do the job. Without a backup, you won't be able to get them back without any tools, but even without a backup, a data recovery software makes it possible to get your formatted and deleted data back.
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