Recovering from a Blender Crash

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  • Software: Blender 2.73
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Autosave has your back.

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.


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Digital artist and member of the CG Cookie crew! Every day I teach/learn stuff in the wide world of computer graphics. I've been doing digital art professionally for the past 8 years, from feature films to major amusement park rides to TV commercials to CGC edu. When I'm not on the computer, I'm building real life stuff...or playing my Switch.