How To Recover Your Lost Projects in DaVinci Resolve (Crash Recovery!)

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No one can predict the crash of your system or hard drive or DaVinci Resolve.

But once you are hit, it frustrates and de-motivates a lot.

Sometimes a week’s work or hours’ work is lost, which is very painful.

Today, I will show you…

How to restore or recover your crashed/deleted/lost project in DaVinci Resolve.

In fact, your TIME and EFFORT are very important, which should NOT be wasted!

Without any delay…

Let’s dive right into it.



What is a DaVinci Resolve “Project.db” Database File?

Project.db” is a DaVinci Resolve database file which contains your project’s post production works like your timelines, edits, markers, etc,. Each project that you work on will have its own project.db file.

(Read this post to quickly locate your project.db file.)

If you’re unable to load current project because of a crash, then the best way is to restore your project.db file.


If your hard disk crashes or you accidentally delete your project folders which contain the project.db file, then follow the below steps.

How to Recover DaVinci Resolve Deleted Projects?

  • Recover lost data using data recovery softwares like EaseUS, Recuva, etc,.
  • Go to EaseUs – data recovery software.
  • Hover over “Data Recovery” and select your OS.
  • Click on “Data Recovery Wizard Free” or Pro and download.
  • Install the software. Launch it.
  • Select your location (the location where the project.db might live).
  • Then start “Scan“. It might take some time.
  • After the scanning is done, search for your file in the search box.
  • It should display your lost file.
  • Click on “Recover” and select your desired location.
  • You got your file back!
  • Sometimes the file might be named – “Project.db.202007260124”.
  • Remove the numbers after .db (those numbers represent year, date, time)
  • Make it into “Project.db”

So now your project.db file is “recovered“.

The next step is…

How to Restore Recovered Project File into DaVinci Resolve?

  • Place the project.db file in your default database location, inside a new folder (which should be renamed to your project name).
  • For Windows, create a new folder inside “C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve\Support\Resolve Disk Database\Resolve Projects\Users\guest\Projects” and save the file over there.
  • For MacOS, create a new folder inside “Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Resolve Disk Database/Resolve Projects/Users/guest/Projects” and save the file over there.
  • Launch DaVinci Resolve and access the newly created project from the project manager.
  • If your project is not displayed, then right click and “Refresh“.
  • The Project Manager should display your recovered project.

If, for some reasons, the project folder is still not displayed, then try to create a new database and place the db file over there.


How to Recover DaVinci Resolve Corrupted Project File?

If Resolve crashes when you try to open the recovered project, then the project file could be CORRUPTED!

In those extreme cases, head over to Blackmagic forum and upload your project.db file in the required thread (they might ask you to upload in dropbox and then share the link).

Certain users were able to sort out their corrupted project.db files. Others couldn’t.

The BlackMagic Design support engineer should be able to help you out (most probably they get your corrupted project.db file and return your project.drp file which you then can import into Resolve).


Restoring Project Backups in DaVinci Resolve

(Prevention is better than cure).

Taking regular project backups is the best solution.

Resolve offers live save and regular project backups to secure your precious work.

Read the below article to know more:

Tips to Save Your Precious Work in DaVinci Resolve (IMPORTANT!)


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2 thoughts on “How To Recover Your Lost Projects in DaVinci Resolve (Crash Recovery!)”

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    Worked for me! Thank you. I reset my PC trying to change the display language (who knew Windows 10 Single Language edition existed? And resetting my PC didn’t work after all = P) and forgot to export my project beforehand.

    So thanks again!

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