Quick Reference

Repairs a damaged drawing file along with all attached xrefs.

Access Methods

 Menu: FileDrawing UtilitiesRecover Drawing and XrefsNot available in menus in the current workspace


In the Select File dialog box (a standard file selection dialog box), enter the drawing file name or select the damaged drawing file.

The selected drawing file and all attached xrefs, including all nested xrefs, are opened, repaired, resaved, and closed.

  • Drawing files are saved in the current drawing file format.
  • Copies of the original drawing files are saved as BAK files.
  • If the object enabler is present, custom objects are updated.

Results are displayed in the Drawing Recovery Log window. Each drawing file checked includes a Drawing Recovery Log that can be expanded or collapsed. The entire log can be copied to the Windows clipboard with the Copy to Clipboard button.

When FILEDIA is set to 0 (zero), RECOVERALL displays the following command prompt.

Enter ~ (tilde) at the prompt to ignore FILEDIA and display the Select File dialog box.

NoteThe RECOVERALL command recovers or audits DWG, DWT, and DWS files.