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Thanks for reaching out. Photoshop auto recover works when there is a critical Photoshop crash and there is a unsaved file in its "Background save" state.Take a look at this article Background save and autorecover and let us know if that's helpful.
I have autorecover set to 10 Minutes interval. I've read there's supposed to be a separate folder where autorecovery data is being saved to (in the user folder), but it's not existing on my system. I've read other people creating said folder themselves, but still, autorecover wouldn't be performed, the folder would stay empty.
That folder is auto created by Photoshop in an event of crash. In the case of a BSOD, the files might have been damaged due to OS failure. Unfortunately, there is no way to recover those files. Also, Photoshop opens all the recovered files next time you open it after the crash.So, Photoshop would have recovered anything in the auto recovery folder, But if the files didn't make it onto the disk, then Photoshop can't recover them.
Photoshop CC has crashed on me several times before, better said, it didn't seem to react during "Select and mask", so I ended the process, before i figured out I mostly need to press escape and start over and over and over again. There was never any Autorecovery happening, not even a folder was created. And I'm talking about files that had been open for much longer than 10 Minutes.
The only time in 12 crashes that SOMETHING happened.
I still can't find the folder, could you please specify where it's upposed to be? In othe posts withthe same problem I've read about C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 - is it stored somewhere else now? Because that recovered, obviously truncated file must have come from somewhere!