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I see that every time I create a new plan or layout file, Chief Architect creates an archive folder and then automatically saves copies of the file into that folder. Will all these files slow down my computer's performance? Also, what should I do when the program prompts me to manage these archive files?
Chief Architect automatically creates a historical archive of each plan and layout file that you name and save. The intention of these archives is to enable a quick recovery in the event that your production files become unusable. If your main plan or layout file is damaged and unusable, you can open an archived copy to retrieve some, although not necessarily all of your work. Because of this, archive files should not be regarded as an alternative to regularly saving and backing up your work yourself.
Archives are created and stored in the Chief Architect Data folder, which by default, is located in the user's Documents folder. For more information on accessing your archives, please see KB-00099: Accessing Your Archive Files.
While it may be a common concern, it's important to realize that archive files won't take up much room on your hard drive, nor will numerous archives inhibit or otherwise slow down your computer. Why? Modern hard drives are very large, and the amount of space consumed by the archives is minuscule by comparison. Because only open, currently running files will slow down your computer's performance, the archive files (which you won't need to open in most circumstances) won't adversely affect your computer's performance.
When you save your drawing, a Question dialog may open, letting you know how many files are currently in the file's archive for the file and asking if you wish to manage these archived files. Managing these files means either deleting old, unneeded archives, or backing up these files somewhere off of your computer, such as on an external hard drive or server, or onto a DVD or USB flash drive.
The dialog regarding the management of archive files appears once the number of archive files reaches a specific, pre-determined number. You can specify this number or, if you want to, you can turn off this warning feature altogether.
You can also specify whether Auto Archive Files are created Hourly, Daily, or by Previous Save here on this panel.
To protect your work, you should not delete the archive files until the project in question has been completed, and all associated files have been backed up to a DVD, USB flash drive, or other backup media.