How to Recover AEP File | Deleted and Unsaved After Effect Project Recovery

How do I recover the AEP file? This post discusses effective strategies for recovering unsaved or deleted After Effects project files. Learn the software-based method for recovering lost AEP files.

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Adobe's After Effects software uses the AEP file, often known as the After Effects Project File format. AEP files use the AEP file extension to store project files for video creation.

If your After Effects Project files are deleted or have not been saved, you can retrieve the AEP files using specialized data recovery software and other built-in tools in the program.

How to Recover Deleted After-Effect Project Files

When you accidentally delete the crucial AEP files on your computer, you may easily retrieve them using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This powerful permanently deleted file recovery software is applicable on both Windows and macOS.

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Step 1. Select the location to scan

Choose the specific device and drive where you have permanently deleted files using Shift delete or emptying recycle bin. Then, click the "Search for Lost Data" button to find lost files.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Check the results

The software will automatically start scanning all over the selected drive. When the scan completes, select the deleted or lost folders in the left panel using the "Path" feature. Then, apply the "Filter" feature or use the search box to quickly find the deleted files.

scan permanently deleted files

Step 3. Recover deleted files

Select the deleted files and click "Preview". Next, click "Recover" to save them to another secure location or device. You can choose a cloud storage, such as OneDrive, Google Drive, etc., and click "Save" to save your recovered files.

select files and click recover

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#Recover Deleted AEP Files from the Recycle Bin

If you are lucky that your AE projects are still in the Recycle Bin, you can easily locate it and restore the deleted files to their original path.

Step 1. Double-click the "Recycle Bin icon" on your desktop to open it.

Step 2. Locate the deleted AEP files you need to recover. You can look for the item entering aep the search box in the upper-right corner.

Recover Deleted AEP Files from the Recycle Bin

Step 3. Choose the deleted AEP file, or hold down the control key to choose several files.

Step 4. Right-click the recovered file(s) and select "Restore" to confirm and return it to its original spot. 


Still curious? Click here to learn about how to open AEP files.

How to Restore Unsaved After-Effect Projects

Adobe continually updates its creative software and introduces new capabilities to protect your data. Adobe After Effects' Autosave feature will save your AEP project at regular intervals if activated. Thus, it is useful in scenarios such as an unexpected computer crash or a power outage.

Step 1. Select "Edit" > "Preferences," then check "Auto-Save" and click "OK."

Restore Unsaved After-Effect Projects from Autosave

Step 2. You will see the option to save every 20 minutes or 30 minutes. You can choose one to protect your projects from more and more data loss.

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Is It Possible to Recover Lost AEP Project Files

Yes! It is entirely possible to recover unsaved or destroyed After Effects projects on Windows. Don't panic if you didn't save your After Effects project due to a program crash or forgot. Adobe After Effects includes AutoSave that allow you to recover unsaved After Effects project files.

If your After Effects file is deleted or even removed from the Recycle Bin, it is not permanently removed from the system. However, if you have not overwritten it, your AEP files can be readily retrieved using a professional data recovery program such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

To Sum Up

Many After Effects users worry about project files being lost due to a sudden OS or program crash, inadvertent or intentional deletion, and so forth. You can recover deleted or unsaved After Effects project files with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, Auto-Save, or Windows Recycle Bin. After restoring your AEP files, you can continue editing or save them in a secure location.

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