Inkscape Crash Recovery: How to Recover Lost/Unsaved Inkscape Files

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

This is a complete guide for Inkscape crash recovery in Windows & Mac OS X. One, find Inkscape autosave location so you can recover lost Inkscape work closed without saving; or download an Inkscape recovery software to recover lost Inkscape files due to crash or other disasters.

This post shows you the practical ways to recover unsaved and deleted the Inkscape files. Look down for details.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover unsaved Inkscape file You can rescue the unsaved files from the Autosave backup file if the Inkscape Autosave feature is activated. Go to "Edit" > "Preferences" > "Input/Output" > "Autosave"....Full steps
Fix 2. Recover deleted Inkscape file If you have lost some saved Inkscape files by accidental deletion, or other reasons, you can resort to a professional file recovery tool...Full steps

"Last night, I was in the middle of drawing a picture, and Inkscape crashed all of a sudden, only giving me three options: search for a solution to the crash and close Inkscape, close Inkscape and determine the solution. I chose the third one, and Inkscape closed with my word unsaved. After I resumed the program, my previous work did not show up. My work has closed without saving because Inkscape crashed! Is it possible to recover unsaved Inscape files after the crash?"

Being a professionally qualified vector graphics editor software, Inkscape allows users to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and more, and most of which are large. For this reason, Inkscape crashes a lot with dire horrible consequences that users will lose the Inkscape file unsaved. If you are looking for a way for Inkscape crash recovery, follow the guides in Part 1. If you need to recover the deleted Inkscape file, you can use the data recovery software in Part 2.

Part 1. How to Recover Unsaved Inkscape File

Since Inkscape 0.48, you can easily rescue the unsaved files from the Autosave backup file if the Inkscape Autosave feature is activated. If you're editing a file while the software shuts down unexpectedly, Inkscape will attempt to save the document when it crashes.

To check if the Autosave is in use, go to "Edit" > "Preferences" > "Input/Output" > "Autosave".

If Inkscape saves documents successfully, the automatic backup location is C:\Documents and Settings\\

The documents are called: "New document 1.2019_03_03_12_34_29.0.svg"

1. On Unix (Linux, Mac OS X, *BSD, etc.), Inkscape Autosave location is:

  • Your home directory as filename..#
  • /tmp/filename..#
  • The current directory as filename..#

2. On Windows, Inkscape tries to save in %UserProfile%:

  • XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\\
  • Vista/7: C:\Users\\
Not every time you can use the Autosave for Inkscape crash recovery. To avoid unexpected data loss, you can do the following operations when using Inkscape.
1. Update Inkscape to the latest version.
2. Turn on the Autosave feature with a short interval and safe location for saving files.
3. Get into the habit of keeping files manually at all times.

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted/Lost Inkscape File

If you have lost some saved Inkscape files by accidental deletion, hard drive formatting, virus attack, or other reasons, you can't resort to the Autosave function anymore but ask for help from a professional file recovery tool.

EaseUS data recovery software is a professional data recovery program that supports hundreds of file formats of files, including Inkscape, and Illustrator. In the same way to recover lost Illustrator file after a crash, you can recover deleted or lost Inkscape files after the crash without effort.

Step 1. Choose the file location to scan.

Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. Choose the drive where you lost files and click "Scan". If your lost files were on an external storage device, connect it to your computer firstly.

select the file location and click scan

Step 2. Scan the lost files.

The software will start immediately a quick scan for deleted files, and later a deep scan will launch to scan more lost files all over the selected drive. After the scan, you can use the Filter to quickly filter a specific file type.

scan the lost files

Step 3. Preview and restore files.

Double-click on a file allows for a full preview. Finally, select the desired files, click "Recover" and browse a location to save all the files at once.

recover lost files

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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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