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Does RFEM create a backup file while working? Where is it located?


RFEM/RSTAB have an integrated backup function. You can find it in the working directory of the program. The current models are created here as subfolders of the program version. They contain all files created during the input and calculation, including the backup file Position.bak ,

The working directory is created after the installation. You can find the storage location by using the pull-down menu "Options → Program Options" in the "Data Directories" tab when you set the Working Directory category.

Figure 01 - Working directory

Copy the Position.bak file to another folder and rename it to "Modell.rf5" or "Modell.rs8". Thus, you can open the files in RFEM or RSTAB.

The Position.bak file is automatically deleted when you exit the program properly. However, in the case of the program crash, the file still exists. You can restore it as described. When you open RFEM/RSTAB after the program crash, a message appears asking whether the backup file (Position.bak) should be opened again. Confirm it with [Yes] in order to load the backup file.

The automatic backup file will be overwritten as soon as you start working with another model or if you leave the old model open for too long (for example, a day).

To adjust the backup interval for automatic saving, select the menu option "Options → Program Options" in the "Program" tab.

Figure 02 - Automatic data backup


Backup Save Automatic saving Backup file Working directory

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RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

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Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements

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RSTAB 8.xx

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The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions

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