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Where are Illustrator recovery files stored?

Last updated on December 7, 2022 @ 7:25 am

When you delete or format an Illustrator document, the file is permanently deleted. However, Illustrator does keep a backup of the file in the event that you need to restore it.

The backup is located in the following directory:

C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator 22 Settings\en_US\x64\DataRecoveryIllustrator recovery files stored

If you’re on a Windows PC, you can just copy the file directory above and change the [UserName] to your name and then paste it to the search bar of your File Explorer.

PRO TIP: If you are using Adobe Illustrator and you experience a crash or an error, your recovery files may be stored in the Adobe Illustrator Recovery folder. This folder is located in your Illustrator preferences folder. To access your preferences folder, go to the Edit menu and choose Preferences. In the Preferences dialog box, choose File Location from the list on the left. The Adobe Illustrator Recovery folder is listed under the Folders category.
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