I don't think Bridge has an autorecovery feature, only Photoshop.
There were reports on the forum quite a long time ago of auto-saves not working unless the scratch drive was pointed to the system drive. I remember trying to duplicate the problem and finding that on my system (Windows 7) I had no problem with the autosave files going to a drive other than C:.
I don't recall whether there was any resolution. But it gives you something to experiment with.
Bridge doesn't have autorecovery but it does seem to keep track of changes that are made to the files as it adds a 'history' - see screenshot. The screenshot shows it's making an autorecovery file but as I said, it doesn't work.
Thank you for replying and and no it doesn't work on C:/ either. In any case, my C:/ is dedicated to program/system stuff only and I don't want anything else there. I have read other people did not have issues and could not reproduce it either. My best guess : somehow I got some software interfering with it. And I still haven't found what it could be. So now I'm just saving my work every single time I make a change - it's lame, but better than having to start all over again.
Only other thing I could think of to try...
Even though you see an empty PSAutoRecover folder, have you gone all the way through the motions of changing a document, waiting until you're sure there's been enough time, then killing the Photoshop.exe process through Task Manager? You'd want to see if any recovered document showed up when next you started Photoshop again.
I only mention this on the outside chance maybe it's actually saving the data somewhere unexpected and you're not noticing it.
This is an interesting thread. I have only once had the need to resort to auto recovery, and the folder was empty so I was out of luck. I haven't test it since though.
The autosave is set to every 5 minutes. As I said in my opening post, I sat watching the screen (after making random changes to the picture of course) for about 10 minutes. Normally you would see the autosave at work iirc but nothing happened. Only when I refreshed bridge, the history tab there would show a number of .psb (the format PS uses for autosave) files that according to bridge had being saved as you can see in the screenshot. Still an empty D:/ folder. I did not however terminate through the task manager, interesting point, I will try that later.
I've set the scratch file to C:/ and again the history tab in Bridge states the files are being saved to the Autorecover directory under the Users/AppData path, but there also everything is empty. BTW I turned on 'show hidden files etc" too hoping they were just 'hidden' by the system. No luck there either.
Another thing that crossed my mind is the question if there's a size limit to those autosave .psb files. It wouldn't make any sense, but what if ? I guess no Adobe guys ever take a peek here, do they ?
A second thing I though off, was some other software interfering or a windows setting that doesn't agree with PS's autorecover function. Tbh, that is like looking for a needle in a haystack. I turned off some services I suspect might interfere, so that's included in the next testrun too.
In the meantime I haven't had any crashes anymore and for now I'm confident the problem of the crashes themselves was due to the latest Nvidia driver. That at least I could solve with a rollback to an older version I'll keep you posted as soon as I've tested the rest. And I'm saving manually everytime I make a change, safest option atm.
Lionezzz, Here is my analysis for what it is worth.
I don't know if the edit history you see in Bridge metadata is not the same file that saves to AutoRecovery.
I made edits to my picture, waited the 5 min. and went to the AutoRecovery file on my scratch disk, which is an internal O drive. It was there. Then I went to the file AutoRecovery in Users/AppData path. It is empty.
Summary, the AutoRecovery is at the location you have your scratch disk, not in AppData. For me does not have to be on C:.
I think you misunderstand what I'm trying to say. In Photoshop preferences, you get a choice where you want your scratch drive to be. By default it would be the C: system drive. When your scratchfile is on C: the autorecover file is placed in the user's AppData path (see screenshots below). Bridge seems to keep a history of what is happening to the file opened in Photoshop, hence that's what you see under the bridge history tab (which only appears while working on the file and having saved it manually at least once).
If I understand correctly, your secondary drive is called O:/ and in the preferences you point PS towards it to use as a scratch drive. Hence it's normal that you will not find a saved file under the AppData path on C:/ since you point PS to the O:/ drive as a scratchdrive. My second drive is D:/ but could as well be called X, Y or Z, that depends on how you set your drives up. But when I point PS to go and make the autosaves on D:/ it doesn't work, not for me in any case.
As I said I set the scratch file to C:/ again and this morning while working, I kept track of the changes. Again, the history in Bridge showed that the file was being saved, to the User/AppData path.
Screenshot with path highlighted :
When I opened the Autorecover file under that path, the autorecover file was indeed present :
I didn't think of terminating PS at that point to check if the autorecovery would work, but the fact that the file was there, makes me assume it would.
Next I returned the settings to D:/ , closed PS and restarted. And ... yup, Bridge history tells me it's being saved but the PSAutoRecover file is dead empty. Terminating PS via Task Panel didn't issue any recovery.
As a very general observation - and I know this sounds almost naive - things always just seem to work better on drive C:.
That's a lifetime of career experience with Microsoft operating systems and Windows applications talking.
This is why I built a big SSD array and boot/run/do everything on C:. I have few problems and my system runs more stably than most.
I think you misunderstand what I'm trying to say. When your scratchfile is on C: the autorecover file is placed in the user's AppData path (see screenshots below). Bridge seems to keep a history of what is happening to the file opened in Photoshop, hence that's what you see under the bridge history tab (which only appears while working on the file and having saved it manually at least once).
No I did not misunderstand. I have an AutoRecovery folder in the AppData path, it is just empty. An yes, my scratch drive is a secondary drive lableled O. The autorecovery file becomes present after the specified time, you do not have to crash PS to see it.