3 Easy Ways For Corrupt Or Deleted Adobe InDesign File Recovery

By | October 23, 2017


Does your InDesign document showing corruption error or frequently gets shut down while working on it? And because of such circumstances does your InDesign document data get deleted?

Well, you too completely agree to this fact that there is nothing much frustrating than trying to open an InDesign files that is showing error regarding corrupt InDesign file and denying to get opened.

If you too dealing the same issue then here are some quick and easy solutions figured out to deal with the problem pronto!

Adobe InDesign

InDesign is a graphics and document management program which is primarily used to layout print and digital distribution files. That helps users in easy editing of images, embedding audio, control typography and much more. The popularly accepted adobe InDesign file formats are .indd, indb and indt.


If you have ever used this software for making eBooks, Web documents, pamphlets or other graphic layouts, then you must be familiar with the fact that how much time consuming it is to work with.  After putting such efforts, it is incredibly frustrating to lose the InDesign document data.

Fortunately Adobe InDesign automatically saves files for hassle file recovery.  Wants to know what this Adobe InDesign Automatic Document Recovery option is? If yes then stick to this post, as this will help you in easy and instant recovery of your corrupted/lost/deleted InDesign data.

But before this get some idea on what makes your InDesign file data to get corrupt or the reasons behind the InDesign document’s data loss.


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How Adobe InDesign Files Are Deleted / Lost?

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  • Mistakenly deleting the essential Adobe InDesign files using “Shift + Delete” keys.
  • Malfunctioning of the insecure 3rd party apps on system might result in InDesign file deletion.
  • Virus or malware attack may also erase up your InDesign file.
  • Formatting the storage device or hard disk partition contains essential Adobe InDesign files.
  • Besides this, improper system shutdown, operating system corruption, hard drive crash, improper file system conversion etc. can also be the reason behind such corruption or deletion of InDesign document.

Though there are several causes which make your InDesign document to get corrupted or deleted. But still the Adobe InDesign File Recovery is possible.  Well mainly there are three ways for the recovery of your corrupt InDesign file:

  1. InDesign automatic recovery feature
  2. Manual Method
  3. InDesign File Repair Tool


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Ways To Resolve Corrupt Or Deleted Adobe InDesign File

1. InDesign Automatic Recovery Feature

InDesign automatic recovery feature mainly works in situations like if your InDesign shut down unexpectedly due to system errors, power outage or any other issue etc. with this feature you can retrieve these documents.

About InDesign Automatic Document Recovery

If you do any modification in the InDesign document, InDesign regularly performs a mini –save of the changes. These changes are getting stored in some temporary file inside the InDesign recovery folder.

Adding changes to the document and then saving the document with File > Save option will deletes the temporary file every time. If all of a sudden InDesign gets shut down then InDesign attempts to use these temporary files to recover InDesign document’s unsaved changes.

InDesign Recovery folder contents

Every user account has separate InDesign recovery folder. If InDesign don’t locate the InDesign recovery folder at the beginning then it re-creates the folder.

  • Default settings:

It is a first temporary file that gets listed when you view the content of the InDesign recovery folder by name.

  • dbt [random alphanumeric character]:

It’s a temporary file with mini-saved information for every opened InDesign documents. The name of these temporary files begins with “dbt”

  • ProtectiveShutdownLog:

This log file is getting created if InDesign crashes due to an access violation.  Well this log file is specifically for identifying a specific plug-in that may have generated the error.

  • RecoveryData:

This file is an index for all open InDesign document and crashed documents, including their full path names. List of open documents contains path not aliases, means InDesign is not able to recover files you move or rename after the crash.

InDesign Recovery folder locations

Mac OS X: Users/[User Name]/Library/Cache/Adobe InDesign/Version[#.0]/InDesign Recovery

Windows Vista and 7: C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Local\Adobe\InDesign\Version [#].0\en_US\Caches\InDesign Recovery   

2. Manual Method For InDesign File Recovery:

The step will work when the file is corrupted but still it is opening.

Step 1 – Alright, let’s open the corrupted file. Once it get opened then go to File>Export.


Step 2 – Now from the Export panel select “InDesign Interchange” from the drop down option. You can name the file and save it to the desired location on your PC. If everything goes right then the file extension will look like this – filename.inx


Step 3 – After this just close the corrupt file and then open the new file .inx that you have just saved. When you open the file within InDesign then you will see that it has name as “Untitled Document”. In addition all of the original design and content will be present with no corruption.


Step 4 – Well, you can double check whether the corruption is fixed or not. Say for example, if your InDesign is getting crashed when you try to resize a specific image, then you can try this above mentioned steps. Optimistically, the process performed is good and the corruption has gone. Now, you can check the contents and links are linked properly. You can check the images, typefaces and colors by using this option File>Preflight.


Step 5 – After checking the files and all the things are correct then save the file by using the option File>Save and select the desired location on your PC where you want to save the file. You are done!!! Now you have the fully recovered InDesign file.

3. Adobe InDesign file recovery software:

InDesign file repair software is the best tool to recover any corrupted or damaged Adobe InDesign files such as INDD, INDT and INDB. You can easily retrieve the erased or missing InDesign files whether it is lost from pen drives, memory cards, external hard drives or other storage media.


Steps To Repair Corrupt INDD File:

Step 1: Very firstly install and launch InDesign Repair Tool. Here, the main software boundary illustrates about capabilities and features. Click ‘Next’ to advance ahead.


Step 2: Then ‘Select File’ so that you can browse the preferred segment in your Mac and then pick the damage INDD file.


Step 3: Or choose personage hard drive or volume so as to verify all INDD files. After INDD files are listed, you can opt for troubled one and click ‘Repair’ option.


Step 4: In development bar, you can check ongoing process.


Step 5: Software opens up repaired file with Adobe InDesign to demonstrate its preview when the file is repaired.


Step 6: When you press ‘Save’, the InDesign Repair tool accumulates repaired INDD file to default spot or any additional particular scene.


Tips to Avoid INDD File Corruption:

  • Take valid backup of important Adobe Photoshop files
  • Delete the Adobe files after checking it twice or thrice.
  • Be sure to scan your PC with the authorized antivirus software and examine the computer hard drive.
  • Take necessary backup InDesign files on external storage devices.
  •  Keep your Windows program updated.
  • Avoid using virus infected third party program like downloading free software, audios, videos etc.