Search your computer with a simplified version of the file name and add a wild card
Broch (you don't actually need to add the * for the wild card.
Start the search at This PC so it looks everywhere.
When done add Type: =.psd
Set the View to Details and click on the Date column to order with newest at the top.
Cross your fingers, and hope for a good result.
We see a lot of posts from people who lose their work. Sometimes computers crash, or laptops lose power part way through the save process. If you only have the one PSD file, it is now buggered. So we save with incremental file names at important parts. This saves a lot of grief.
I did a search and used the wildcard * and it did not find the latest version of the 10 PSD files on my computer.
I also searched my backup files that are on my flash drive and used the file name and wildcard * and saw that the older version files were copied to the folder that I designated for the most recent files, and my most recent "good versions" were copied to an old non-related folder on my flash drive. WTH?
I'm happy that I was able to locate copies of the backup PSD's files on my flash drive. Thanks again for the wildcard search tip. I will start saving with incremental file names as I work as well.
I'm still a bit confused about the error message. I think something happened with Photoshop that prevented my files from saving properly on my computer.
I got one Photoshop error message at 9:45am (while working on file #1) that popped up and disappeared before I got a chance to read it. Then I restarted PS and my computer before moving on to file #2 and so on. Not one of the 10 file saved properly to my computer all day long (from 9:45am - 7:45pm).
I don't know if PS is going to save any of my new work on my computer at all now. I will save as I work and back up my files, but Photoshop not saving to my computer properly is a big issue and it has me super freaked out.
I would like to read the error message. Is there a place in Photoshop to go and read previous error messages or logs ?
How are your Preferences > File Handling options set?
I don't think it would have caused the issue you are talking about, but you have to have Save in Background checked for AutoRecover to work.
Windows 10 Reliability Monitor holds some information retrospectively, but unless your save error was linked to a Windows error, I doubt you'll find any useful information there.
Incidentally, if you have a lot of data to search through, it would be quicker to add the file type filter from the outset.
broc* type: =.psd (there is a space between the colon and the equals characters)
Other than that, I am sorry but I have no theories as to what might have happened regards your lost files.