Revit Workstation Cleanup

I received a call today from a client who has been using a BIM9 Private BIM Cloud for a couple years today; they needed help getting some hard drive space back.  I did the normal local file clean up and checked the temporary folders.  I am amazed by the size of the Revit Journal folder; it was over 5GB on each of the Virtual BIM Workstations.  Did you know that Revit records everything you do in Revit to the Revit journal files?  I did, but I forgot how large that folder gets until today.

Here is a list of items and the locations of the files that I typically clean from the workstations.

  • C:Autodesk – This is the folder where Autodesk places the uncompressed installation files.  You are better off uncompressing the files to a network location and install from there.  In most cases, you can safely delete this folder, but make sure you have a copy on the network.
  • Revit Local Files – I could move the old local files to an archive location on the network or USB drive, you can never have too many backups.  You can also delete the _Backup folders for the local files after archive; do not delete the _Backup folder on the active local file.
  • Revit Journal Files – This is where Revit keeps a journal of all your actions during your Revit sessions.  You only need these files if you are having an issue with Central files and Autodesk asks for the files.  Here are some locations that I have found journal files.
    • C:Users”Username”AppDataLocalAutodeskRevitAutodesk Revit Architecture 2012Journals
    • C:Users”Username”AppDataLocalAutodeskRevitAutodesk Revit Architecture 2013Journals
    • C:Users”Username”AppDataLocalAutodeskRevitAutodesk Revit 2014Journals
  • Temp folders – This is where Windows and AutoCAD stores its temp files. You can find your temp folder here: %temp%  To get to that folder press the start button and type %temp% then press enter.  If you are unsure of deleting a file there, make it out to a USB or network drive.

    Finding the local users temp folder in windows 7

    Finding the local users temp folder in windows 7

I hope that this helps a bit in clearing out space on your workstations.  Remember everyone on the internet is an “Expert” so use this advice, and other advice you read on the internet, at your own risk.

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