When using SOLIDWORKS it's important to clear all the data you do not need anymore. Local caches always need to be checked.
- Looking at other ways to improve our performance in SolidWorks, it's good to pay attention to the local caches that we have in SolidWorks, as well as any monitoring that might be going on in the background. So, as you can see here, I've been working on a wheel loader assembly. This is something I downloaded offline, off of grabcad.com. Open source, CAD resource, and you can see there's a lot of parts here and a lot of assemblies. So as I'm working along, I might notice that things are slowing down a little bit. So first I'm going to do the obvious things like turn off real graphics and all my other heavy graphics things, simplify my background, save that.
And then now I want to take a look at where all of these files are being backed up in the background. So if you go up to options and look at backup recover, you can see here that I've got auto-recovery and backup set up. Now, I'm trying to exaggerate this to send the point home but you can see that this is looking to auto-recover the information that's on my screen behind me every minute and then make a backup copy of this document every minute in this folder location.
So just by copying and pasting into Windows Explorer, we can find our backup location. So you can see I already had it set up here, this is where my auto-recovery information goes and one click up is where all of the backup information goes. Now, right now there's not a lot of files in here but if you're working on many different assemblies over time, let's say a large assembly of a ship or an automotive vehicle or any kind of big, large industrial project, this is going to get full up really fast and start eating into the storage that you have on your machine.
So, you want to make sure that every now and again you go in and regulate the files that are in here. I simply go in and just delete everything. If I know that I'm good and I don't need these backups, I can just go in and delete and then I know that as I move forward, more current backups will be dumped in here. And the same is for the auto-recovery folder. If you're having a lot of crashes, this is going to be full of auto-recovery documents. Because I haven't, it's empty right now. But you can go ahead and just manually delete those as well.
I've actually gone ahead and placed a shortcut to these locations right in my quick access panel. That way I can always go in there really quick and just make sure everything's cleared out. And you can change that folder if you want to. Let's say that it's filling up a location locally on your main C drive and you're using that for all your applications, maybe you want to put all your backup and auto-recovery information on an external hard drive or another hard drive you have installed in your computer. So for now, to increase my performance, I'm going to turn off the auto-recovery and I'm going to change my backup to one copy in the same location.
Now I'm going to remove backups that are older than two days because hopefully, I won't need any information older than two days. And I'm also going to turn off the save notifications because those are going to pop up all the time. If you've been doing CAD for a long time like me, you know to save incrementally. If not, keep these on but otherwise, they're just pop ups that you have to deal with that are just going to slow you down. So, I'm going to go ahead and close those. So that's taking care of my local caches just for SolidWorks but what about my computer, right? I'm working on a computer system, we've talked in the past about setting your Windows up so that it's properly running so let's see what else we can do for that.
So I'm going to close SolidWorks right now and I'm going to pull up a program called C Cleaner. You can download this, just Google C Cleaner. And what this will do is go through and actually clear out all of the caches that you have that are interfering with your RAM and your storage space. So I'm just going to click analyze. You can see that there's over a gig of data to be removed from my computer. That's just out in temporary backup files and in temporary folders on the computer.
So I'm going to hit run cleaner, say yes, and then I'm going to switch over to the applications end and I'm going to do the same thing. I'm going to analyze. Only found .5 megabytes of files but that's fine, I'm going to run the cleaner. And there we go. And now all of my local caches should be clean. Now if you want to go a step farther, you can go to the disk cleanup. You can just search disk cleanup down in the bottom here. Now, if you have solid state drives or traditional drives this will work but if you're trying to do something like a disk de-fragmentation, which we're all used to, that's typically not done anymore because solid state drives don't require it.
So, I'm going to go ahead and click OK on this, it's looking through my system to see if there's any extra data to be cleaned up. It did find some temporary internet files and some other temporary files but as you can see, it's not a lot so I'm not going to do that right now. But if I did have a lot of data here, I would just go ahead and click OK and it would run the system cleanup. So those are your options for cleaning out your cache. This is just background, temporary data which you don't need anymore. Now if you're using PDM, or any of those kind of vault packages, there's a whole process involved with clearing out those local caches, but we'll cover that in an EPDM course in the future.
And now that we have all of our local caches clear, we want to make sure that we don't have any active monitoring going on that's going through and indexing these files. So coming down to the bottom, I can see that my CC Cleaner is still open and actively monitoring me. So I'm going to open that up, go to options, monitoring, and turn that off. I'm not going to have any system monitoring going on. Now if you have an antivirus software running in the background, you're going to want to go ahead and turn off active monitoring or active scanning while you're working in SolidWorks.
As you're making parts, it's going to be trying to scan them and pulling them up and it's just going to slow your computer down and bog down your resources. So, make sure that you're cleared from all of the working processes in the background that you can and this is just another way of doing that.
- How your workstation's hardware functions
- Adjusting System Options settings
- Modeling best practices
- Creating custom configurations
- Fixing your assemblies
- Using SpeedPak
- Increasing modeling performance with Instant2D and Instant3D