.NWF File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .NWF file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

NWF File Recovery

What is a .NWF file?

CAD project file created by Navisworks, a software package used for engineering design review; saves references to project asset CAD files (such as .DWG files) which make up the file set; used for storing collections of working files together.

What Are Common Causes of ".NWF" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes for ".NWF" (Navisworks Cache File) loss or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete the ".NWF" file while managing their files or cleaning up their system.
  2. Software or hardware issues: Issues with the Navisworks software or hardware can lead to the loss or corruption of ".NWF" files. This can include software crashes, power outages, or system failures.
  3. File system errors: Errors within the file system, such as disk errors or file corruption, can cause the loss or failure of ".NWF" files.
  4. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and corrupt files, including ".NWF" files, leading to their loss or failure.
  5. Improper shutdown: If Navisworks or the computer system is not properly shut down, it can result in the loss or corruption of ".NWF" files.
  6. Overwriting or saving issues: If a user accidentally saves a new ".NWF" file with the same name as an existing one, it can overwrite the original file, causing its loss. Similarly, issues during the saving process can also lead to file failure.
  7. Network or storage device issues: Problems with network connections, such as interruptions or disconnections during file transfer, or issues with storage devices like hard drives or USB drives, can result in ".NWF" file loss or failure.

To avoid such issues, it is recommended to regularly back up important ".NWF" files, use reliable antivirus software, and ensure proper shutdown procedures are followed.

How to recover lost ".NWF" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".NWF" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".NWF" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".NWF" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".NWF" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".NWF" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".NWF" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo navisworks File Set image file file?

Programs that open ".NWF" files

Autodesk Navisworks Autodesk Navisworks

Additional Information

  • File type: Navisworks File Set

  • File extension: .NWF

  • Developer: Autodesk

  • Category: CAD Files

  • Format: Binary


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

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Questions and answers

  • What is the purpose of a ".NWF backup" file?

    The ".NWF backup" file is created by Autodesk Navisworks, a software used for 3D design review, coordination, and collaboration. This file format serves as a backup of a Navisworks project (.NWD) file.

    The purpose of the ".NWF backup" file is to provide a safety net in case the original project file gets corrupted, damaged, or accidentally modified. It allows users to restore the project to a previous state by reverting to the backup file. This helps prevent data loss and ensures that the project can be recovered in the event of any issues.

  • How can I create a ".NWF backup" file in Autodesk Navisworks?

    To create a ".NWF backup" file in Autodesk Navisworks, you can follow these steps:

    1. Open Autodesk Navisworks.
    2. Open the Navisworks project file (.NWF) that you want to create a backup for.
    3. Click on the "File" tab in the top left corner of the Navisworks window.
    4. From the drop-down menu, select "Save As" or "Save As NWD" (depending on the version of Navisworks you are using).
    5. In the "Save As" dialog box, choose the location where you want to save the backup file.
    6. Enter a new name for the backup file to differentiate it from the original project file.
    7. Make sure the file format is set to ".NWF" (Navisworks File) or ".NWD" (Navisworks Cache File) depending on your preference.
    8. Click on the "Save" button to create the backup file.

    By following these steps, you will create a backup file with the ".NWF" or ".NWD" extension, which can be used to restore your project in case of any issues or changes made to the original file.

  • Can a ".NWF backup" file be used to restore a project in case of data loss or corruption?

    Yes, a ".NWF backup" file can be used to restore a project in case of data loss or corruption. The ".NWF backup" file is a backup copy of the project file created by Autodesk Navisworks software. It contains all the project data and settings, allowing you to restore the project to a previous state if the original file becomes corrupted or lost. To restore the project, you can simply open the ".NWF backup" file in Autodesk Navisworks and save it as a new project file.

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