How to Retrieve Flash SWF Files on Windows?

Flash files are saved in SWF (Shock Wave Flash) format and these files are especially designed to deliver graphics, animations and plug-in. These files can be played on standalone “Flash player “on internet. Flash files are widely used because of their advanced features as listed below:

  • Simplicity: SWF format is very small, simple and SWF files are portable
  • Scalability: This file formats can be played on monitors of all resolutions. i.e. the file works well on limited hardware
  • Speed: These files are designed to provide very high speed along with quality
  • Independent: This file can be displayed without any help from external source
  • Network Delivery: These files can easily be compressed and delivered over network

However, even SWF files are not free from problems like corruption and data loss. For example, consider the situation where you were working on a SWF file on Flash MX software from past few days. The next day when you switched on your system, you got blue screen of death. So in order to solve the problem you reinstalled your Windows OS, only to realize that the flash file which you were working on is missing! Now you want to recover lost flash file back. You can definitely restore SWF flash files, but before learning on how to recover it back, let us see some of the other reasons for SWF file loss:

  • Accidentally deleting your SWF files from your system using “Shift + Delete” key combination
  • System displaying “Format Error” when drive containing your SWF files is connected to computer
  • Unintentionally formatting your hard disk partition / drive while doing some other task
  • Third party application like Anti-virus program deleting SWF files from Windows system without your knowledge
  • Improper system termination or repeated power fluctuations while playing the SWF file
  • Virus or malware attacks on the hard drive infects flash file and might delete it

Don’t feel bad, if you have lost / deleted your SWF files due to any of the above mentioned reasons. The truth is that flash file recovery can be easily performed using file recovery program.

Which file recovery tool can restore SWF files?

If you are confused about choosing which software to restore your flash files, then Deleted files recovery would be the right choice. This tool is specially designed to identify and retrieve various types of files including SWF files. The main advantage of using this software is that it doesn’t alter the original file structure during the file recovery process. It supports recovery of different formats of music files, videos, photos, animation files, documents, etc on Windows operating system.

Flash File Recovery Procedure:

  • Download Yodot File Recovery software and install the application to your Windows computer
  • Open the software and follow the main screen procedures
  • Use “Deleted File Recovery” option to retrieve your deleted SWF files or “Lost File Recovery” option to recover your lost SWF files
  • Choose the drive / partition from where SWF files are to be recovered
  • View the recoverable files in two different views, i.e. “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • Click on “Data View” option to display your files in hierarchal format and click on “File Type View” tab to display your flash files based on file extension format
  • Toggle between the two view types, which eases your search
  • Choose the files and folders, which you want to obtain back
  • Preview the files before saving process
  • At last, save your recovered files to desired storage location like hard disk, pen drives, external hard disk, CDs or even on DVDs accessible to your system


  • Don’t save the recovered files on to the same location, from where files are recovered
  • Prevent adding new files or data to your hard drive after data loss mishap
  • Regularly backup your important flash files onto external storage device like portable hard drive, CDs or DVDs
  • Make your important files as read only in order to prevent accidental deletion or modification

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