[Unsaved & Deleted] How to Make Photoshop File Recovery

When you accidentally closed Photoshop file without saving, or when you lost Photoshop file due to program crash, you can learn how to recover unsaved Photoshop file with effective methods in this article. Besides, EaseUS file recovery software recommended here can help you recover deleted Photoshop file with ease.

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How to Recover Unsaved/Deleted Photoshop Files

How to recover an unsaved Photoshop file caused by accidentally closed Photoshop without saving or program crash? How to recover deleted Photoshop file due to wrong deletion, hard drive formatting, or other reasons? On this page, we will discuss how to recover Photoshop files from two aspects. If you're still struggling with these two questions, find solutions now.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Restore from AutoSave Launch Adobe Photoshop CC, click "Edit " and select "Preference" to find "File Handling"...Full steps
Fix 2. Restore from Temp Folder Go to C:/Users/UserName/AppData/Local/Temp/. Open Temp folder...Full steps
Fix 3. Recover Lost PSD Files Download and open the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. When you open it, you can...Full steps

Part 1. How to Recover Unsaved Photoshop Files

When Photoshop accidentally ends as a result of human errors or software crashes, you may lose PSD files unsaved. Photoshop CS5/CS6 and later versions automatically open the previous PSD file, and you can keep working on it. While if the cache files have been corrupted or replaced, the file might not open. In this case, you can use the following methods to make Photoshop recovery.

Restore Unsaved Photoshop Files from AutoSave

In order to perform Photoshop file recovery from the AutoRecover folder, you need to enable the AutoSave feature at first. Go to check if the option is turned on in Photoshop CC5 or CS 6.

Launch Adobe Photoshop CC > click "Edit " tab > select "Preference" > find "File Handling" > check if the "Automatic save recovery information every * minute" is marked like the screenshot below.

recover unsaved Photoshop files

If you have set up the AutoSave function, you can recover the unsaved PSD or PSB file from Photoshop backup files in the AutoRecover folder after a software failure/freeze or accidental closure.

Path for Photoshop AutoRecover: C:/Users/UserName/AppData/Roaming/Adobe Photoshop (CS6 or CC)/AutoRecover

Restore Unsaved Photoshop File from Temp Folder

When you are working on Photoshop files, the application uses the Temp folder to save your work in progress. These files exist in the Temp folder, acting as a backup when Photoshop crashes. Follow the steps below to recover Photoshop files.

1. Go to C:/Users/UserName/AppData/Local/Temp/.

2. Open Temp folder and find the PSD or PSB files.

3. Rename the file extension from .tmp to .psd/.psb/.pbb to complete Photoshop file recovery.

recover unsaved photoshop files from temp folder

Here is the quick access to how to recover unsaved Photoshop file on Mac if you accidentally closed the software without saving.

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted or Lost PSD Files

You can use the two ways above to recover unsaved Photoshop files. Do not believe that any third-party data recovery software claims to be able to recover unsaved files. All the data recovery tools on the market can only recover previously saved but later deleted files from local storage devices.

If you want to recover deleted or lost PSD files from your computer or external hard drive, you can't miss EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This tool provides a friendly graphical user interface to guide you to recover deleted files as easy as a few clicks. 

Step 1. If you need to recover deleted files from an external storage device like SD card, USB or external hard drive, connect it to your computer at first. Then, run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC. Select the location and click the "Scan" button to let the program start scanning the target device.

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Step 2. When the scan finishes, all deleted files will be listed in the Deleted Files folder. You can find the target data easily by a quick search.

scan and find deleted files

Step 3. You can double-click to preview the found files. Then, select the files and click "Recover" to save them to a secure location on your PC or external storage device. Click "OK" to complete the process.

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