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Back up your work

Good working practice

Your CAD drawings are a valuable store of information and need to be protected.

Keep work organized

We like to create a Jobs folder in the My Documents > gCADPlus folder  and then sub folders for each calendar year and then sub folders for each client last name. For example, a job carried out in 2013 for M/s Smith would be filed in My Documents  > Jobs > 2013 > Smith. 


New symbols

It is common to make new symbols for particular purposes when making a new design. We store any new symbols and blocks that are not part of gCADPlus in a New Symbols folder at the same level as the Jobs folder.

Backing up data is then quite straightforward - the Jobs and New Symbols folders are copied to a backup device. This can be as simple as a high capacity USB drive. Better still, we suggest that you investigate using a cloud storage system and have the Jobs and New Symbols folders backed up without any intervention from you.

Microsoft with their OneDrive service, DropBox and Google + have an excellent free systems while SugarSync offers an excellent commercial cloud service.

AutoSave and backup drawing files

Every new gCADPlus drawing you create has the extension .lcd (.lcd is the gCADPlus native file format).

When gCADPlus saves and closes a drawing in lcd format, a backup copy of the file is saved with the extension .bak. Thus once you have started work and saved a design for the first time, there are two copies of your work - an lcd file and a .bak file. 

If for some reason you need to access backup files and work working on a design, the backup (.bak)  file needs to be renamed perhaps to a name such as RecoveredSideGarden.lcd in order for the backup copy to be worked on. In other words unless a file has the extension .lcd, it will not open in gCADPlus.

Use File Manager (or the Your Computer tool), Select the file, right click and select rename to rename and change the file extension.

As an additional safeguard, every 15 minutes while you are drafting, gCADPlus saves a further copy of the drawing with the extension .lc$. These automatic backup files are normally stored in the same folder as the original file. For example, id the drawing SideGarden was located in a folder called Drawings - in User > My Documents > gCADPlus > Drawings folder an additional file called$ will be saved.
The .lc$ files are cleaned up (removed) on normal save and close of a drawing file. THey (the lc$ file) should only be used if your computer crashes.