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Need urgent help! InDesign file recovery.

New Here ,
Jan 28, 2024 Jan 28, 2024

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Hey, my InDesign crashed and there was not automatic recovery pop-up as usual. So I managed to find the dbt file on my computer but can't manage to open it. The recovery file is there to grab but I found no solution to re-open it in InDesign so far to just save it again as my main file. How can I open or work with the dbt files? Can anyone help me pls?

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Community Expert , Jan 28, 2024 Jan 28, 2024

I'm afraid you are out of luck. Thre is no way for you to use the recovery data directly yourself.

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Jan 28, 2024 Jan 28, 2024

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Edit: When I try to open the dbt file I receive the following meesage:

The file [name of the file] can not be opened. The file type is not supported from Adobe InDesign, a necessary plugin is missing or the file is already opened in another application.

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I'm afraid you are out of luck. Thre is no way for you to use the recovery data directly yourself.

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Jan 28, 2024 Jan 28, 2024

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Unfortunately, like @Peter Spier said - you are out of luck - those dbt files are "for internal use only"...

 

You'll need to start from scratch - if you don't have backups... 

 

Are you PC or Mac user? I'm not Mac user, but people sometimes mention TimeSomething - unless it's related to a Cloud service? 

 

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Were you by any chance working in a Dropbox or OneDrive folder? If so, those services keep versions of your file and you can roll back to a previous version. If you weren't, you just learned why you should be.

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