Mike

Others have mentioned the compacting so try that first. If that doesn't help
try moving your completed mech layers to separate pcb file for storage
purposes.

If you place a pad on all the layers for a reference point it will make it
easier to copy that layer back into position for final checks. (Make sure
that the hole size is zero if you place the pad within the board area.

Ian
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robison Michael R CNIN" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 1:49 AM
Subject: [PEDA] PCB File Size Too Big


> Hello,
>
> My PCB will no longer save now that it's hit 55MB.  Is there
> a workaround or something I can do to make it save?  I've got
> quite a few more planes to interactively route.  This is not
> a problem with lack of hard drive space.  I've got about 50GB
> of space left on it.  I guess I should be a bit more specific
> than the "will no longer save" comment.  When I click File and
> Save All, I immediately get a Popup that says something like
> "Backup of Mboard.pcb is too large".  If I then close the pro-
> gram and reopen it, the size of the Mboard.pcb is 0 bytes.
>
> I imagine the file is so big because I have been converting
> bitmaps of old artwork into PCBs using the BMP2PCB program
> and then copying them to mechanical layers so I can easily
> see where the traces are supposed to go.
>
> And thanks to all who posted on my "guard" trace problem.
>
> Thanks, Michael Robison
>

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