Quick Tip – Local Files and Disk Space

For those of you using the “automatic” feature of getting a local file, you need to take a look at your default location where Revit dumps the local files. Like my two boys, Revit does a poor job of cleaning up after itself. Over time it can start to fill up your hard drive, which can lead to bad-ness.

Just by taking a look you should be able to figure out what file is what. Be sure to delete old unused local files, as well as their corresponding BACKUP folders. You will most likely need to scroll “up” to find the BACKUP folder, but they are huge too. They will start with the exact same name of the local file, so be sure to clear out the right ones.

You can find your file location by going to Revit Options and checking out the File Locations section. The “Default path for user files:” is where Revit sticks all those local files and backup folders.

Not the right way to clean your hard drive

Not the right way to clean your hard drive


4 thoughts on “Quick Tip – Local Files and Disk Space

  1. John Cook says:

    I still recommend creating a folder on the root C drive of users machines for local copies for a few reasons. It performs slightly better than the ‘My Documents’ folder and it makes cleaning out the old files very fast.

  2. Jason Kunkel says:

    I like this. We did the same thing at my last firm. Our only minor hiccup was we had to GPO permissions in the folder so folks could access them. Users were only Power Users. Not difficult at all, just something to keep in mind.

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