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How can I organize my plan files created in the Home Designer software?
File management can be a challenging concept for many computer users, but it is a very important skill to develop. In order to use your computer effectively, it is vital to know how to save your work properly, where it is saved on your computer and how to find it again.
It's also wise and extremely advisable to have a backup system for your data in place so that in the event of a hardware malfunction, such as a computer virus, hard drive failure, or a natural disaster, you always have a backup of your important files.
It is extremely important to always remember to only work on plans that are saved on your local machine's hard drive.
Never work on files over a network server, external harddrive, or usb flash drive type device. Not only is working using this method unsupported, it can also lead to file corruption and data loss.
These options can, however, be a good way to back up your data, just remember to always copy the file from that location to your local machine's hard drive before attempting to work on it. Once it is on yourcomputer, then you can open the file, make your modifications, save the file, exit out of the program, and copy it back to the network server, external hard drive, or usb flash drive device location.
Most individuals or companies have an off-site incremental backup run every night, and a full backup at least once a week, so they never lose more than a day's worth of data should something unexpected occur such as a computer virus, hard drive failure, or natural disaster.
This article offers an example of one way to organize your Chief Architect files; however, any method of saving plans and revisions that creates backups, prevents accidental overwrites, and is consistent and easy to use will work.
Home Designer files may use imported images, textures, PDFs and other custom content saved in their own external data files. Considerstoring copies of all external files in the same folder as the plan and layoutfiles that use them so that they are easily found.