How to Recover Unsaved/Deleted Photoshop Files on Windows 10/8/7

If you have lost Photoshop files without saving due to accidental closure, the abrupt crashing of Photoshop or the Windows computer, don't worry. You can recover unsaved Photoshop file using the AutoSave of Photoshop. Besides, if you need a tool to recover deleted Photoshop files, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery to make it with ease.

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3 Methods to Recover Deleted or Unsaved Adobe Photoshop Files

Can an unsaved Photoshop file be recovered? Yes! Check 3 methods here to bring your lost PSD file back now:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Recover Deleted Photoshop File with File Recovery Software Run EaseUS file recovery software > Scan PSD saved drive > Restore lost PSD file...Full steps
Recover Unsaved Photoshop File from Recent Files Restart Photoshop and go to "File" > "Open Recent" to search the lost unsaved PSD file...Full steps
Restore Unsaved Photoshop File from AutoSave Run Photoshop > Click "Edit" > "Preference" > "File Handling" > "Automatic save recovery..."...Full steps

"Do you have a quick way to get unsaved PSD files back? I lost some PSD files while editing them on Adobe Photoshop 2017 because of a sudden power outage. And most of them are unsaved. Is it possible for me to recover unsaved Photoshop files on Windows 10? Thanks for any advice."

Adobe Photoshop 2017 PSD file recovery.

Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. Most users have used it for web designs, creating 3D artwork, and the like. But high usage comes with many problems, and loss of unsaved Photoshop file is one of the hot issues. Usually, you may lose the Photoshop files unsaved as a result of:

  • Photoshop errors
  • Unexpected power failure
  • Human errors, like closing the program without saving
  • Abrupt crash of Photoshop or the Windows computer

Whatever the reason is, it’s very unpleasant to lost Photoshop files unsaved. If you happen to meet this same problem, you can use the following two ways to restore unsaved PSD files in Photoshop CC 2019/2018/2017. What's more, we also provide you with a professional data recovery tool to recover deleted Photoshop files on Windows 10/8/7 as an extra measure. 

If your Photoshop is stuck in launching, see How to Fix Photoshop Lagging Issue.

Recover Deleted/Lost/Corrupted Photoshop PSD Files in 3 Steps

When you accidentally deleted or lost important Photoshop PSD files on your computer, you can directly restore them by using powerful PSD file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This hard drive recovery software supports you to find 200+ lost file types by deleting, formatting, virus attacking, system crashing, or unknown reasons.

Except for data recovery from HDD/SSD, EaseUS data recovery program also allows you to recover deleted files from external hard drive, pen drives, memory cards, video players, music players, etc. Download and install this green software on your Windows 10/8/7 etc. PCs and follow to see how to perform PSD file recovery.

Step 1. Choose the location and start scanning

Select the device location from which you want to recover photos, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the photos you want to recover

Wait until the scanning completes, then select the photos you want to recover. To locate the pictures faster, click "Filter" > "Pictures" > Check tree view on the left side (The results will list Pictures only. ) or type file extension on the search box. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover photos

Click "Recover" and choose a location on another hard drive to save the recovered photos.

Recover lost data

Restore Unsaved Photoshop File from Recent Files

Restart your Photoshop, go to "File" > "Open Recent" and search for the lost unsaved PSD file. Then, open and restore the lost PSD.

recover unsaved Photoshop files

Restore Unsaved Photoshop Files from AutoSave

On Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC 2014/2015/2017/2018/2019, AutoSave feature is embedded. This function allows Photoshop to automatically back up PSD files at regular intervals that are editing. So you can easily recover unsaved Photoshop PSD files via AutoSave.

How to set up the AutoSave feature? Here are the details: Launch Adobe Photoshop CC > click "Edit "and select "Preference" > select "File Handling" > "Automatic save recovery information every * minute".

recover unsaved PSD files from autosave

  • Go to C:/Users/ your username here/AppData/Roaming/Adobe Photoshop (CS6 or CC)/AutoRecover.
  • Find the unsaved PSD files, then open and save in Photoshop.

The AppData folder by default is hidden. Go to "View/Option" in the File Explorer and click on "View" > turn on "Show hidden files". And then you can choose and save wanted PSD files into a safe location on your PC.

You can try the two simple solutions above to retrieve lost Photoshop files that are not saved. Another similar and hot topic you may be interested in: how to recover unsaved Word document in Windows 10. 

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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