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

Tracy King updated on Jan 21, 2021 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

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.

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

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover from Recent Files Restart Photoshop and go to "File" > "Open Recent" to search the lost unsaved PSD file...Full steps
Fix 2. Restore from AutoSave Run Photoshop > Click "Edit" > "Preference" > "File Handling" > "Automatic save recovery..."...Full steps
Fix 3. Use File Recovery Software Run EaseUS file recovery software > Scan PSD saved drive > Restore lost PSD file...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 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 stuck in launching, see How to Fix Photoshop Lagging Issue.

Two Effective Ways to Recover Unsaved Photoshop Files

You can try the two simple solutions below 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. 

1. Restore Unsaved PSD 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

2. 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.

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 drive, memory cards, video player, music player, 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.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition or device you want to recover images from and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the images you want to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes and then select the photos you want to recover. To locate the items faster, click "Filter" > "Pictures" or search for images via the search bar.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover images.

Click "Recover" and choose a location on another disk or device to save the recovered images.

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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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