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Maya is great, it can handle all of them CG’s that are so popular now a’days. What isn’t so great is that due to it’s fancy pants nature, it can crash at very inopportune times leaving you with your hopes crushed and tears streaming down your face. . .

Luckily, Maya does store recovery .ma files on every operating system that it is available for, on the Mac they are stored in a hidden folder (/private/var/folders/), and in those hidden folders are folders that a normal human doesn’t really understand.

However, it is very easy to set up a search that will indeed search these hidden folders for .MA files, allowing you to easily find your latest recovery data.

I quickly made a saved search (smart folder) that anyone can use to quickly access this default recovery location:
maya recover

Maya Recover Smart Search

(1kb .zip file)
[Mac OS X 10.5+ if you are using 10.4 you are kidding yourself)

Just unzip the file, and place it in a easy to find directory (I recommend the default Maya directory in your User/Documents/maya folder, so it is always easy to find). I don’t care how cool you are, if you have used a 3D app, it has crashed on you before, and you have shed a tear. If you try this out leave me a comment.

UPDATE: This will-not always work 100%, sometimes it can miss some temp files, because it doesn’t always search the entire nested directories, so if you aren’t seeing it, another method is to go to a Finder window press Cmd+Shift+G, and type /private/var/folders/ and press return. In that “folders” folder is a bunch of arbitrarily named folders, in one of those there should be a -Tmp- folder that will likely have some .ma recent recovery files.


20 Responses

  1. blauereiter says:

    Hey there, came by from Tim Maughan’s site. For me Maya has been extremely stable on PC, but in my previous job Lightwave has crashed on me umpteen times as its quite a pain, really.

  2. andoru says:

    Yeah Maya is very very stable for me in general, but having lost many hours of work in the past due to a crash, this is a great option to make it less painful.

    And with 3d apps in general, by nature they can do things that will cause them to crash. It is user error usually, not the app itself.

  3. Megan says:

    You just saved my life. Seriously. THANKYOU!

  4. Edmunail says:

    Thank you so much….. You save my life too…. Cheers…!

  5. Chris says:

    Ahh! Thank you! I just had a crash and was freaking out until I found this, which found my recovery file. Thanks so much!

  6. genaro says:

    Dude, seriously you saved me from having a stroke, thank you so much

  7. andoru says:

    No worries! Glad people are finding it and finding it useful.

  8. Mike Milo says:

    This totally worked! Thanks buddy!

  9. andoru says:

    Whoo! I think I may put together a nice long post on some new Maya discoveries. One major one for me being RenderMan (not really a discovery, just at last a proper chance to use it).

  10. aypod says:

    Thank you! Just saved me a night of work! Wahoo!

  11. Mike Milo says:

    Anyone know where to find this on a PC?

  12. MATT says:

    Saved my arse. thanks again! owe you one.

  13. andrew says:

    No worries. I am just curious. Were you actually able to use the SmartSearch or was it the information that helped out? Haha.

  14. michael says:

    you made it sooooo easy, thank you!

  15. Godwin says:

    Thanks you saved me 2 hours of work… 😀

  16. Steve says:

    I owe you a beer.

  17. Brenna says:

    Thank you so much! I really wish I had come across this last year. This is amazingly helpful. I hadn’t had a Maya crash in awhile and got cocky… Thank you!

  18. Canberk says:

    I always use this thank you

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