[Unsaved & Deleted] How to Make Photoshop File Recovery

Tracy King updated on Dec 11, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

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.

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. Download and open the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the disk partition or storage location where you deleted your files and click the "Scan" button to move on.

select the location

Step 2. The scanning process starts as long as you click "Scan". The quick scan for deleted files won't take too long to complete.

scan for deleted files

Step 3. After the scan, click the "Deleted files" on the left panel that contains all the removed files. You can select and preview files as you need. Then, click "Recover" to restore the data to a secure location.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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