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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Are your design files locked after a mishap?

If you have file locking enabled (set in the Options) and for one reason or another you have a power cut or a software crash, CADSTAR cannot delete the temporary lock file that prevents another user having write access to your design, so how do you get access back yourself?

The lock file itself is simply a text file with your name in it, in the same folder as the design and with the same name however it has a Tilde ~ in front of it.

This file is both a hidden and a system file so you will need to enable both of these within Windows Explorer to be able to find the file and delete it to restore access.

To do this, open Windows Explorer, From the Tools menu select "Folder Options" where you can then select "Show hidden files, folders and drives" and deselect "Hide protected operating system files (recommended)".

Then you should be able to see your file that you can then select and delete.
If you are unsure who caused the file to be locked in the first place, just look at the file in Notepad and it tells you who it was locked to.

Another way of accessing the file, is to turn off file locking in the CADSTAR Options, however this is not advised when working over a network if it is possible that someone else using CADSTAR can open your design file too. 


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