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TIP: Recovering from a Crash


Kent Trammell from CG Cookie comes to your rescue if you've lost your work due to a Blender crash, power outage or other mischief.

We’ve all been there. When you’re deep in the zone, hammering away at a project and you’ve either forgotten to save in the past hour, Blender crashes, or the raging storm outside knocks out your power. Your heart then skips a beat as you realize, “I didn’t save…all that work….GONE!!”

I for one have lost hours of work over the 10+ years I’ve been working with computer graphics, and it’s always heart-breaking. Luckily, Blender has some built-in features to help prevent such grief. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to recover from a crash in 3 ways:

  • Recover Last Session – Blender’s first line of defense for picking up right where you left off.
  • Recover Autosave – Automatically-generated duplicates of your scene file.
  • Incremental Saves – Another flavor of automatically-generated duplicates. Those mysterious .blend1 and .blend2 files.

About the Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.

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