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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How to properly recover a central file in Revit

To properly recover a Revit file you will need to do the following:
  1. Copy the backup folder to a location without the central file (this step is critical to prevent the corruption in the project from stopping the recovery).
  2. Start Revit
  3. Open the software>from the ribbon go to the Collaborate tab>then to Restore Backup.

  4. Navigate to where the central file is stored. You will see a folder with the central files name_backup.
  5. Since you copied the Revit Project Backup Folder,(Revit can't find the .rvt file) so you will see: 
    Click Yes!
  6. You will now get a list of times when the backup was saved periodically throughout the day. Something similar to this: (mine shows only one since I only made one version for this example). Try the most recent so you will have your most recent work!!

  7. Click Save As and navigate to a location to save the recovered file.
  8. After saving, Revit will ask you:   

    HECK YEAH, I wanna open it!! (click Yes)
  9. Verify you are able to open it successfully. If you are not you may need to go through steps 1-7 to find an older save backup file.


  1. Good one! I almost lost my central file.

  2. thank you. almost shed tears when i mistakenly synchronized a dud dwg to my company's project file. yikes!
    Autodesk was just talking gibberish
    Thank God i found you!

    1. So glad to hear I could help Bolaji! I've been there myself, not a good feeling!

      Take care!