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Article Goal: Inform users where to find View backups to recover the last working instance of a View that was created a while back or recently saved after challenges such as being unable to open the View, saving unwanted changes, file loss, etc.
VDM has an Auto-Save feature that will create back ups of your Views in an effort to prevent any loss of time due to accidental saves or unforeseen events such as being unable to open your View, saved unwanted changes, etc.
How Does It Work?
When a View is open, VDM will keep a back up of the state of that View prior to each time the Save button is clicked. As always, it is a good idea to save as often as possible when working. The more times you save, the more back ups you will have to work with.
Below are cases when you may need to leverage your auto-save back ups due to corrupted files.
Error: Unable to load View. Step: Report Table. Index was outside the bounds of the array.
What it means: The View's file definition is not complete; it's a partial view and is failing to load because it doesn't contain all the required information. It was likely modified or attempted to be saved at some point and the process was interrupted/failed.
Leveraging Your Auto-Saves
Below are the useful steps and information regarding the Auto-Save Feature inside VDM.
1. Auto-Saves will be stored where your Views are stored. If you are unsure of this location check your VDM Settings.
Example Location for AutoSavesBackups:
2. Each Backup will be saved with the following naming method.
Version - Date - Time - View Name