Revit: “The central model has been copied or moved”- Issues saving or opening

February 22, 2022 Heather Volk

Issues: When opening a Revit drawing you get the following error:


Causes: One or more users are pathed to the central model using a different mapped letter drive than others in the office.

When a central model is created, Revit stores the path of the central file as it appears on the computer creating it. If another computers pathing is different, the error above will pop up.

Solution: Confirm that all users working on that project or any Revit model are mapped to the central file using the same folder.

To change the Mapped drive: (I recommend consulting your local IT professional before trying this)

  1. Open a file explorer and go to “This PC”
  2. Right click on “This PC” and select “Map a Network Drive”
  3. In the drive list make sure you select the same drive letter as the other users
  4. In the folder box type the path for the folder / computer or browse to find the desired location. To connect to the new location every time you log on, select the “Reconnect at sign-in” check box. Then select Finish.


See Image below.

Note: If you are unable to connect to the network drive or folder, the computer you are trying to connect to may be turned off, or you may not have admin permissions. Try contacting your network administrator.

About the Author

Heather Volk

Sr. Technical Support Specialist, Building Solutions<br><br>Heather is responsible for responding to customer requests and helping them address technical challenges in a timely manner. She is an experienced Computer Aided Design Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. She has strong arts and design professional skills in AutoCAD, plumbing, computer aided design (CAD), project estimation, and facility management, and a history of providing training and technical support.

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