How to Recover DAT Files?

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Many applications use .dat file extension to represent files which contain information. Your Windows computer might have thousands of DAT files including video data, table data, keys and values, index information etc. Well known example related to DAT file is, Yahoo Instant Massenger that keeps messages on a DAT file. Similarly when you copy videos from a DVD or CD on your computer hard drive, Windows uses this generic .dat file format to hold videos.

Unfortunately like other type of files, DAT file may also get erased or disappear from your computer in various circumstances. Since DAT files are used to hold essential data for several applications, loss of a single file may endanger you a lot. Following information is about some common instances regarding loss of .dat file

  • Accidental deletion of DAT file is possible while removing unwanted VCD video files
  • Formatting entire hard drive or its partitions may result in deletion of DAT files
  • You may lose essential DAT files after defragmentation of hard drive or disk cleanup operation
  • Viruses are solely responsible for .dat file loss; sometimes they could deliberately remove DAT files from your computer HDD
  • DAT files may go missing after formation of bad sectors on hard drive

Along with above listed reasons, you may lose DAT files after boot sector corruption,improper re-partitioning, OS re-installation, emptying the Recycle Bin and other mishaps. In such stage, if you have saved backup of important .dat files; then you don’t have to worry, but if data backup is not available then you will have to rely on any professional file recovery app to get back DAT files.

DAT file recovery software!

You can regain all your DAT files in just a fraction of time by utilizing Yodot File Recovery. With the aid of this advanced tool, it becomes too easy to restore DAT files which have been lost or deleted under various circumstances. This software comes with powerful data recovery modules to automate fastest and risk free DAT file recovery operation rescue Excel sheets, Word files, PowerPoint presentations, Outlook data files, access files, PDF files, compressed files, basic media files, etc along with .dat files. It supports file recovery from system hard drives, flash memory cards, USB drives, SSD, iPods, FireWire device, external hard disks and other storage media on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 operating systems.

Following steps will guide you in restoring DAT file:

  • Download Yodot File Recovery application to your Windows system and complete installation process
  • Launch the software to initiate the .dat file recovery operations with given instructions
  • The main screen will display two options i.e.”Delete File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Go with the appropriate option depending on DAT file loss and proceed further
  • Now software scans the computer and displays all the drives/partitions
  • Among all listed drives, choose the one from which you have to retrieve lost or erased .dat files
  • Recovery tool scans the selected drive and displays all the recovered .dat files in “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • ‘Data View’shows the hierarchical view of recovered files/folders and ‘File Type View’ represents files on basis of file extension
  • Finally click on “Save” button to save recovered .dat files on preferred location on your computer hard drive

Useful Tips!

  • Save backup of essential .dat files on multiple storage locations
  • Keep your system protected with efficient anti-virus application
  • Look into Recycle Bin for valuable .dat files before emptying it

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