Recovering a Failed to Open Project

I just started learning to use SketchUp, and I had no idea that you could purge all of the unused components in a file. By the time I figured that out I had a document with the failed to open message popping up. If I can’t recover that file I’ll lose a ton of progress on an assignment for school. I’ve seen a few other threads wherein people have helped recover a project from the .skb file. If anyone would be willing to take a look at my file and see if they can recover it I would really appreciate it! Please let me know if there are any other known solutions.

Unfortunately, both files are about 50% filled with zeros.

I m trying to open my sketchup file. I had saved my file in local disk but getting error as " This does not appear to be a sketchup model" can you plz help me fixing this file
draft-1.skp (937.1 KB)

The file is completely filled with zeros. Do you have an SKB copy of the file, in the same folder?

yes i do but i cant upload it here

Try making a copy of that file, change the extension to .skp, and see if SketchUp can open the file.

draft-1 - Copy.skp (935.2 KB)
i have tried renaming the skb file to Skp file

still can’t

Looks like it’s all zeroes, too. Where were you saving the file while working on it?

yes i did save while working.

I didn’t ask if you saved it. I asked WHERE you saved it.

on my local disk

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And what version of SketchUp are you using? The “Free Plan” is a web based version.

It might be a good idea to check the local disk to make sure it’s OK.

You have a folder called “Crack”. Is your version of Sketchup a cracked version? That might explain why it’s not working.


Hi, I’m not sure where to post this but I’m also having trouble with a ‘failed to open file’
its 38MB so cant upload here?
I was just saving it to trimble cloud…

And you’re using SketchUp Free? Go to and download the file to your computer. Then upload it to DropBox or We Transfer and share the link.

Out of curiosity, what are you modeling?

Thanks for quick reply!
landscape mostly, I usually use Vectorworks but wanted to create a quick 3D with sketchup :slight_smile:
This link? Dropbox - Bald Street 3D.skp - Simplify your life

I"m using the free trial as of yesterday

Of SketchUp Pro? That would not be the Free Plan of SketchUp.

I couldn’t open it but maybe @colin can with his magic wand.