6 Ways to Recover Deletd/Corrupted/Crashed PSD Files

Updated to File Recovery Tips by Nancy on Apr 26, 2023 | Approved by Christian Cawley

Photoshop is one of the most important software to design posters, banners, animation figures, as well as webpages. Because of its full features, it is a big software tool which might corrupt the PSD file or crash the photoshop itself, and result in the PSD file corruption, even sometimes delete the whole PSD file if you try to reinstall it. Here in the following, we’re going to talk about how to recover PSD file, including overwritten PSD file, unsaved Photoshop files, corrupted PSD file, and previous version of Photoshop file.

Part 1. How to Restore Deleted PSD File on Mac/Windows PC

If you accidentally deleted the PSD file, there is no way to help you get back Photoshop file, neither by open recent or any other commonly used method, because it is marked as deleted on your computer. Though it is there, you can’t see and find it manually. In this case, you need iBeesoft Data Recovery for help. It’s a professional used to scan computer drive, looking for all filed as you defined, helping you recover deleted PSD files or lost PSD recovery. Whenever you lost or deleted Photoshop files on Mac, Windows PC, external hard drive, try iBeesoft Data Recovery.

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Steps for how to retrieve deleted/lost PSD files on Mac and Windows PC

Click the download button to get the right version of the PSD recovery software for your computer. Both versions for Windows and Mac data recovery are available. Download the one that matches your computer OS. After then, install the tool.

  1. SIn the start-up window, in the list of drives, including computer drives as well as external hard drives connected to a computer, select the one where you’ve lost or deleted the PSD file(s) and click "Scan" to recover PSD file.
  2. It takes a while for the PSD recovery software to scan for the lost or deleted Photoshop files. In the result window, you can see the file categories on the left. Filter the PSD files and select the one you need to restore, click "Recover" to save them on your computer

Part 2. How to Get Back Overwritten PSD File by Restore from Backup

If you want to recover overwritten PSD file, the best option is to find the PSD file with a backup. if you had backed up important files before with built-in Windows backup utility. It creates a system image backup or copies of your files and stores it as restores points. You can make use of it to restore overwritten PSD files to the previous version if you had backed up your computer.

Part 3. How to Find Corrupted PSD File with Photoshop AutoRecovery Tool

AutoSave is the built-in feature of Photoshop. It can help get back your PSD file after a crash or recover the corrupted PSD file. You just go to the location to find the AutoSaved corrupted or crashed PSD file.

On Windows PC: C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\AutoRecover

On Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop/AutoRecover

Steps for how to set-up Autosave on Windows PC/Mac

    Steps for enabling Autosave on Windows PC

  1. Launch the Photoshop on PC
  2. Click on "Edit" on the top left of the screen.
  3. Select Preferences > File Handling > then choose autosave recovery time.

    Steps for enabling Autosave on Mac

  1. Launch the Photoshop software on your Mac.
  2. Navigate to the Photoshop menu on the top left and click it.
  3. Select Preferences > File Handling > choose autosave recovery time.

Part 4. How to Recover Unsaved PSD File

Generally, whenever the Photoshop software crashed or corrupted, or you shut down your computer accidentally, there is a pop-up asking you to restore unsaved PSD file when you launch the Photoshop software again. That’s because you’ve set up the AutoRecove feature of the software. You can go directly to the Photoshop Auto recovery folder and all saved files such as PSD can be found there. How can you get the Previous version of PSD file back? Go to:

On Windows PC: System drive (C:)/Users/ your username here/AppData/Roaming/Adobe Photoshop (CS6 or CC)/AutoRecover

On Mac: ~/Library/ApplicationSupport/Adobe/AdobePhotoshopCC2017/AutoRecover

Part 5. How to Retrieve Previous PSD File from the Recent Tab

If you’re looking for the previous version of the PSD file, try the Recent open tab. Go to "File", click "Open Recent" looking for the previous of the PSD file you need.

Part 6. How to Recover PSD file from Temp Files

It’s also a great idea to restore PSD file from Temp file if your PSD files lost due to an abrupt crash of the Photoshop software or the Windows system.

  1. Click and open your hard drive(usually letter C drive) and select "Documents and Settings".
  2. Look for the folder labeled with your username and select "AppData > Local > Temp". Search for the files named with "Photoshop" and open them in Photoshop.
  3. If files are what you’re looking for, close them and change the file extension from .temp to .psd and save the files.