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How to Recover Unsaved Files in Adobe Photoshop CS6

How to Recover Unsaved Files in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Often while working in Photoshop, designers tend to forget to save their documents which, in case of a crash can be very upsetting. Though Adobe Photoshop CS6 has got this brilliant capability to recover the unsaved data at times when the computer fails to respond or crashes, there is also a possibility that Photoshop does not open up any previously unsaved file(yes! That’s happened with me). So in this tutorial, I am going to give details on how to get back these files.

Simply, you need to go to this directory(see in the image below) where the AutoRecover folder in present. This is found in “C:\Users\YourUsername\Appdata\Roaming\Adobe\AdobePhotoshop CS6\Autorecover”. The  App Data folder by default is hidden and therefore you need to change the folder settings for this purpose. You will find the last used file in the Auto recover folder in .psb format, which you can open up to get back to that particular unsaved file. :)


P.S Illustrator CS6, unfortunately does not have this option yet and I hope in the future versions, Adobe will consider placing the auto recover option in there, too.


About Ali Zohaib

O-level student at St. Patrick’s High School, Karachi. I am an avid designer, part-time blogger and technology enthusiast. Recently I became a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.


  1. THANKS for posting this … saved me precious time.

  2. Also, if you right click that “AutoRecover” folder, then choose Properties, then select the “Previous Versions” tab…. you can go back prior days and weeks to find unsaved work. Great.

  3. I used the C6 64bit version and my “%APPDATA%\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6″ does not have this folder. I also did a hard drive search and still didn’t find it. Can this folder be located anywhere else? Mind you I accidentally press the “Don’t Save” option so maybe that deletes the AutoRecover folder?

    • Hi there!
      It’s surprising that you don’t have that folder. I checked on two of my PC’s(64 and 32 bit), and the AutoRecover folder is there. What you can do is – search for all the “.psb”(temorary photoshop files) in your computer and try opening them. Might just get what you’re looking for.
      Good Luck!

  4. I tried this, but the AutoRecover folder was empty, not only for today but for all other versions as well. How does that happen?

  5. I had more than one file open and Photoshop only recovered one that was sitting idle while the one I was working on is now…never to be seen or heard from again. Obligatory snide thank you remark, Photoshop.

  6. thanks, my love is living beacuse of you

  7. I cannot even find the Appdata file under C:/User/Myname. how do i even find that one?

  8. Any tips for finding all of this on a Mac?

  9. Don’t get upset if your psd file gets corrupted or damaged as from my personal experience i advice you to use Recovery Toolbox for Photoshop…This is the best software to repair corrupted .psd file easily and effectively and makes your psd file accessible…


  11. I’m confused. I saved my file, but hours later Photoshop crashed. When it reopened it asked me if I wanted the recovered version of my file; the recovered version was the exact same version of my project as my saved version; I had both opened on my desktop. I declined to save the recovered version since I already had it saved. When I closed the recovered version it also altered my saved version to a previous state and I lost hours of work. So I found this site and checked the autosave folder only to find it empty. What happened? Why does recovery effect saved files and why is the autosave folder empty?

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