Saved projectfiles gone - only .prmdc2 files left

Community Beginner ,
Dec 02, 2020

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Exactly one month ago I was working on a series of videos, all of whom I saved under separate project file names. The files were named "cursus 1 module 1" - to "cursus 1 module 7"

Now I think I made the mistake of entering spaces in the filenames instead of underscores. Still, I have another .prproj file in my auto save folder with a space in the name that I am able to open without any problems.

 

The biggest issue here is that all of my saved .prproj files from the series "cursus 1 module 1" have disappeared. The only thing I am able to find on my harddisk are files with names like this: "cursus 1 module 789a0368b-767d-4e99-af73-d49c0c289d40.prmdc2"

 

I worked on these a month ago and have not done anything strange to my mac, I have been working on other premiere projects in the meantime without issues. I am supposed to finish these videos from last month now and am quite stressed for not being able to find the .prproj files, or any autosaved files...

Help?! 🙂

Can anybody help me figure out where my files went?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Files just dont disappear on their own. But usually is difficult to backtrack what really happened.

Is this an external drive?

Make a habit of making a Save a Copy to another drive.

FAQ: When to use "Save A Copy," or "Save As," and ...

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Yeah I save like 100 versions of a file always because I am terrified of losing it - and now it has happened regardless of my OCDish saving... 😕

So I have saved several copies of these files - but somehow cannot locate them. Only files that pop up are these .prmdc2 files. Any clue on what that means?

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Yeah I save like 100 versions of a file always because I am terrified of losing it

 

Have you used the search function in Explorer/Finder or any other file manager to search the drive/s?

 

Premiere Pro project file are named Name.prproj and if you type in *.prproj and search you should get some hits.

 

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I find all of my other .prproj files through finder with search, but not these files from a month ago. I am thinking it might have something to do with my mac and an update... but it is all very strange and quite upsetting, as these were 7 seperate files (which I saved as several different versions) and it is going to be a lot of work to start over 😞 

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PS: the raw footage files I was editing are from an external  drive yes.

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Might have overwritten files without you knowing you were doing that.

Hence the save a copy suggestion.

prmdc2 are cache files.

Might have to do some house keeping and get organized.

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Might have overwritten files without you knowing you were doing that.

Hence the save a copy suggestion.

 

Can't imagine I did something like that - but the save a copy option is something I will definitely keep in mind from now on.

Might have to do some house keeping and get organized.

A condescending remark like this isn't very helpful for me at this point Ann, but I appreciate your other feedback.

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Sorry you feel its condecending but its not meant to be condesending.

You need to find out where things went wrong.

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I was able to recover the files with deep scan recovery software last night - so my project is back and I am very glad. It still doesn't solve the mystery of how the files disappeared, but I will make sure to save a copy of everything in a different location from now on.

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Not just location but antohre drive. If your working drive suddenly breaks down you still end up with nothing.

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