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Windchill Cache Recovery Tool

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Windchill Cache Recovery Tool

Many Windchill users out there are painfully aware of local workspace cache corruptions. Those who have experienced this problem know that you can contact PTC and they will provide a list containing the names of the local cache files and their equivalent Pro/E file names. You then have to manually rename all of the files using the provided list. Having dealt with this in the past and based on information obtained from logged calls to PTC (and as others have mentioned here) I learned that the Pro/E file name can be found in the cache file, usually (but not always) in the file header. After dealing with workspace cache corruptions many times I decided to see if I could automate this process.

Earlier this year, while between jobs, I began to develop what I am calling WC_FileRecovery. It is a Windows application that will open cache files, attempt to determine the original Pro/ENGINEER file name and, if found, rename the cache file to that name. This effort has been done completely on my own time and is not associated with either my previous or my current employer. At this point in time I feel it is working quite well and would like to make it available to others.

In the Public Files area you will find two zipped files, one for 32 bit and one for 64 bit installations. Each zipped file contains three files: a setup.exe and related .msi file as well as a PDF user guide. Please read the user guide carefully to understand three very important things:

1. Use this program at your own risk! If you aren't willing to take that risk, do not use the program. See the user guide for more information.

2. Do not try to recover files in the original cache. Copy the cache contents to another folder and recover the files in that folder. This will leave your original cache intact if problems should arise.

3. The development of this program is being done on my own time. I am not in the business of developing applications and my current employer expects me to do the work they are paying me to do. As such, I welcome discussion of the program on the exploder. However, I make no promise of correcting any issues that may surface as others begin to use the program. This program comes with no warranty, expressed or implied (see item 1, above).

The installation of this program requires Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework and the installer will query your system to determine if it is already installed. If not, you will be given an option to download and install the required version of .NET from Microsoft.

Finally, this program was developed using a Windchill 8.0 cache with Wildfire 3 and has not been tested with any other versions. Using this program with other versions of Windchill or Pro/ENGINEER is not supported and results are unknown at this time.

I hope this program is useful to others.

Ron Thellen

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Windchill Cache Recovery Tool

You dah man!

Windchill Cache Recovery Tool

I have used this Windchill Cache Recovery Tool on Windchill 9 Cache that was corrupted, it renamed all my files back to the Pro/E file names and worked perfect.
I was able to open the files back into Pro/E and no work was lost.

Thanks Ron!

Laura

Windchill Cache Recovery Tool

We have also used this tool on Windchill 8.0 to recover corrupted Cache and it worked perfectly. No data loss.


Alexius C. Chukwuka
IT Analyst, PDP Systems
John Deere Power Systems
Product Engineering Center

RE: Windchill Cache Recovery Tool

Ron,

Do you still have the recovery tool available?

Thanks!

Sean Sullivan

Velcon Filters

RE: Windchill Cache Recovery Tool

Windchill Cache Recovery Tool - Version 2.0

I have made some updates to the Windchill Cache Recovery Tool.

New features include:

· A new look. The current text box is replaced with a list view where all information is in
columns, making it easier to read. Columns are automatically sized in width and you can
manually adjust as required.
· The file's modified date has been added to the display.
· You can sort on any column.
· Simple search. Enter a string and all files containing that string will be highlighted.
Wildcards are not supported at this time.
· Manual selection of single or multiple rows using common methods (click, CTRL click and SHIFT click).
Selected rows are highlighted.
· Recover selected files or recover all files.

As always, do not recover files in the original cache. Copy the files to a new folder and recover
the files in that folder.

This installation will overwrite your current installation. The User Guide is now included as
part of the installation and will include a shortcut in Start Programs. This shortcut and the
program shortcut are now contained in a folder (WC_FileRecovery) in Start Programs. The shortcut
for your current installation (located at the Start Progrmas level) will be left behind by the
installer and can be deleted.

Special thanks to the following individuals for helping test the new version:

- Laura Cook
- Marc DeBower
- Sean Sullivan
- Antonio Villanueva

Ron Thellen

RE: Windchill Cache Recovery Tool

Hi,

How can I download the recovery tool. Can you be able to send me the link please.

Thanks,

Sathya

RE: Windchill Cache Recovery Tool

Click Files >> Public Files on the blue barat the top of your screen, then ClickScripts. The first two files are the latest versions.

In Reply to Thirugnanam Sathiyavel:

Hi,

How can I download the recovery tool. Can you be able to send me the link please.

Thanks,

Sathya

RE: Windchill Cache Recovery Tool

Just for clarity: The Path to get to the files is at the top of your webpage, not from within Windchill. Here is a direct link: http://portal.ptcuser.org/p/do/si/topic=67&type=0

Hope this helps.

Brian

In Reply to Brian Kurth:

Click Files >> Public Files on the blue barat the top of your screen, then ClickScripts. The first two files are the latest versions.

In Reply to Thirugnanam Sathiyavel:

Hi,

How can I download the recovery tool. Can you be able to send me the link please.

Thanks,

Sathya

RE: Windchill Cache Recovery Tool

Thank you Ron for this tool.

I was always opening the files one by one to read the header.

Great job.

François

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