How Recover Deleted or Unsaved InDesign Files on Mac

Jean updated on Feb 21, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles

Two methods are provided to recover deleted or unsaved InDesign files on Mac and Windows. EaseUS file recovery software can recover InDesign files both on Mac and Windows, including .indd document file and .ind graphics document file with ease.

InDesign is a useful tool. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and ebooks. It’s a happy experience to use this tool. However, it is frustrating to lose InDesign files due to a system crash, power failure or mistaken deletion. Luckily, you can recover the unsaved or deleted InDesign files with two methods.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Restore Unsaved InDesign Files on Mac and Windows Step 1. Restart your computer.
Step 2. Launch an automatic recovery process.
Step 3. Browse the recovery folder...Full steps
Method 2. Recover Deleted/Lost InDesign Files Step 1. Download EaseUS file recovery software.
Step 2. Scan the drive to find lost files.
Step 3. Select files and recover..Full steps

Method 1. Restore Unsaved InDesign Files on Mac and Windows

InDesign guards your data against unexpected power or system failures using an automatic recovery feature. If you forget to save the files, you can make use of automatic recovery feature of InDesign to get back those lost files. Even though these features exist, you should save your files often and create backup files in case of unexpected power or system failures.

Step 1: Restart your computer. Open Adobe InDesign. After an unexpected shutdown, Adobe InDesign usually launches an automatic file recovery process.

If the automatic recovery process locates a lost file, it opens in your InDesign window. 

Step 2: Return to your computer's desktop if the automatic recovery process didn't yield any results.

For Mac Users:

Go to "~/Library/Cache/Adobe InDesign/Version[#.0]/InDesign Recovery" to find your data manually.

For Windows Users:

Click on the following folders in order to access the recovery folder: "Users/your user name/App Data/Local/Adobe/InDesign/Version/en_US/Caches/InDesign Recovery".

Step 3: Browse the recovery folder.

  • If you notice any drafts of your project, double-click to open the recovery file. 
  • If you were working with an unsaved and unnamed project, it will be labeled as some variant of "Untitled Project 1."

Step 4: Change the location of recovered documents.

Click "File" and "Save Project As" to save a permanent copy of the file after you open it.

What if you delete InDesign files unexpectedly? Automatically recovered data is important only if you’re unable to save successfully before an unexpected power or system failure. How to deal with the deleted InDesign files? The second method will do you a favor.

Method 2. Recover Deleted InDesign File With EaseUS Data Recovery Software

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac supports InDesign file recovery on Mac, including .ind file format for Abobe InDesign graphics document files,  .indd  file format used for Abobe InDesign document files and some other common file formats used by Abobe ID like .doc,.docx, .jpeg, .jpg, .pdf, .psd, etc.

Besides InDesign file recovery, the software also works proficiently to recover Mac Keynote file. Being able to handle various kinds of data loss cases, the program usually used to recover deleted files on Mac, retrieve formatted or inaccessible files on Mac. 

InDesign file recovery is extremely easy with the help of EaseUS Mac file recovery software, which allows inexperienced users to recover ID files in three steps. If you also want to recover InDesign files on Windows, you can download the Windows version and recover deleted files.

Step 1. Select the disk location (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) where you lost data and files. Click the "Scan" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

start scan on the Mac

Step 3. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click the "Recover Now" button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac

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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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