How to Recover Unsaved/Lost/Deleted SketchUp Files on Mac/PC

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"I worked on a file last week and forgot to save it. I restarted my computer and did not find any SketchUp pop-up, asking me whether to use the AutoSave version. What’s wrong? I can’t find the file anywhere. Any suggestions on where to look?"

SketchUp is one of the most powerful tools to create, view and edit the 3D design for either PC users or Mac users. It is a must for most of the people engaged in 3D design work. SketchUp saves each model project file with the file extension .skp and the autoSave save the project file as .skb if the original .skp file exists. Though it seems it is perfect for the use of the software, sometimes, incidents exist, like you did not save the file in SketchUp, or you deleted the project file. Here in the following, we’re mainly talking about how to recover unsaved file in Sketchup and how to recover SketchUp file after crash, deleted and more.

Part 1. How to Recover SketchUp File Effectively

Part 2. How to Recover Unsaved File on Mac/PC with AutoSave

Part 1. How to Recover SketchUp File Effectively

If you find you have lost or unsaved the SketchUp files on Mac or Windows PC, the very first thing you should do is to recover them. How? The answer is simple: restore SketchUp File with professional data recovery software.

Why need a professional data recovery software to recover unsaved SketchUp file?

To be honest, whether you forget to save the SketchUp files or deleted them, you don’t know where are them. And if you try to recover SketchUp files on Mac or PC manually, you may miss the best time to recover them. You know, the lost files are very likely to be overwritten by new data. In this case, you should make full use of software to perform the SketchUp file recovery right away, the sooner the better.

Best Software to Recover Unsaved/Deleted SketchUp Files

iBeesoft Data Recovery software is specially designed for users to recover data lost due to various reasons, like files are not saved, deleted, lost after system crash, removed after infected with the virus, and more. Here are some of its main features you could use in unsaved SketchUp files recovery:

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  • Standalone PC or Mac data recovery version for you to recover SketchUp files lost, deleted, or unsaved within 3 steps.
  • Quick Scan ensures the Quickest way to recover deleted SketchUp file and the Deep Scan ensures a better result in SketchUp recovery.
  • Simple interface with streamline built-in guide, making SketchUp recovery file easier.
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Here are the simple steps for how to find deleted/lost/unsaved Files in SketchUp on Mac/Windows PC.

Step 1. Install the SketchUp Recovery Software

Click the download button to get the right version for your computer. Please choose the version according to your computer OS. Both versions for Windows and Mac are available. After then, install the software on your computer.

Step 2. Select File Types to Scan

Next, you can see all supported file types are selected by default. Please uncheck them and keeps "Pictures" and "Others" selected and click "Start" to recover deleted files on Mac or PC. By doing this, it will save time for the scanning process by only scanning the needed file types.

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Step 3. Select Hard Drive to Scan

In the new window, please select the hard drive which saves the SketchUp folder and click "Scan", letting the software scan the destination for the target files.

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Step 4. Recover Unsaved SketchUp File

When it finished the whole scanning process, you can see the found files sorted into categories. You can filter files on the left side with file extension .skp or .skb. SKP is the file extension for the SketchUp projects while SKB is the AutoSave version of the SketchUp projects. Both of them can be opened by SketchUp. When finding them, select them and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

You can see the Deep Scan in the result window. It is a great feature available for users to scan the computer deep and more carefully for the lost files, but it takes longer. You can try it to find more SketchUp files.

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Part 2. How to Recover Unsaved File on Mac/PC with AutoSave

If you have set it up as SketchUp automatically saves the changes of your Sketch files while modifying, then you should learn how to recover the SketchUp temp file, namely the autosave one.

First, check out whether you have set up the AutoSave feature in SketchUp or not. Click the SketchUp menu Window > Preferences > General tab > see the check-box is checked or not in the Created Backup [SKB] and AutoSave. If checked, learn how to recover the SketchUp files from the AutoSave.

For Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2015~2018/SketchUp/Autosave/AutoSave_FILENAME.skp

For PC: C:\Users\[youraccount]\OneDrive\Documents\AutoSave_Untitled.skp

Find the AutoSave files, open then by your SketchUp. That’s it!

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