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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?
The Auto Archive utility in Chief Architect automatically creates a historical archive of each plan and layout file that you name and save.
The intention of the backup archives is to enable a quick recovery in the event that your production drawing becomes unusable. If your production plan is damaged and unusable, you can open an archived copy to retrieve some, although not necessarily all of your work. Because of this, Chief Architect's Auto Archive function 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 the Related Articles section below.
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 archive folder 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, the Auto Archived Files warning message 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 on a CD, DVD or flash drive.
The Auto Archived Files message regarding the management of archive files appears once the number of archive files reaches a specific, per-determined number. You can specify this Maximum File 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.
To protect your work, you should not delete the archive files until you have met the following criteria:
First, the project in question has been completed.
Next, the .plan files for this project, as well as all associated archive files should be backed up to a CD, DVD, USB Flash drive, or other external media.
Once these files have been backed up and your project has been completed, the archive files on your hard drive can be safely deleted.