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Data Rescue Supported File Types

Data Rescue can support any file type, if it is able to be found in an HFS catalog

Such files will appear under the “Found Files” folder in the recovery list. For files which have been deleted (and therefore have no HFS catalog entry), Data Rescue 5 supports these file types and will locate them when doing a Deleted or Deep Scan. Such files will appear under the “Reconstructed Files” folder in the recovery list.

Our Data Recovery Software has the ability to learn new formats

You might notice something interesting about the file formats listed below that our software can recover. You will see a myriad of picture formats when scanning the list. In fact, there are about 30 different formats. You might be wondering why there are so many different formats. When a software developer designs a new picture program, they often develop a new file format to go with it.

However, software that is designed for picture manipulation will often include a specialized format (one that is based on a common format) to allow the user to save changes that remain editable. This allows the user to edit the photo or graphic file over multiple sessions. If the picture manipulation is complex, it may not be possible or feasible to edit in one sitting. Therefore, some of these formats are designed for ongoing editing.

Picture recovery can often be a more complex task than other files recovery procedures. The reason is that picture formats are often developed more frequently to accommodate program changes. Fortunately, our data recovery software has the ability to learn new formats, ensuring a more successful picture recovery.

Supported File Types

Below is a list of the file types supported for Reconstructed Files. In addition to these, other file types not on this list may often be recoverable with the new FileIQ feature, using user-supplied sample files to teach Data Rescue about that type.


  • WFM
  • Pixelmator
  • GIMP
  • DPX
  • TIFF
  • PNG
  • GIF
  • Adobe Illustrator AI
  • EPS
  • RAW Camera Formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, DCR, ORF, DNG, MOS, SRF, RAF, X3F, MRW)
  • PSD
  • BMP
  • PCS
  • JPEG 2000
  • CaptureOne TIFF
  • Print Shop
  • MacDraft, MacDraw, MacPaint
  • PICT
  • InDesign
  • PCX
  • ICNS
  • ICO


  • XAR
  • CHM
  • GZip
  • ZIP
  • RAR
  • BZip
  • Stuffit
  • Java Archives


  • WebP
  • QuickTime
  • MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4
  • AVI
  • WMV
  • Flash SFW
  • Final Cut Projects
  • RAW DV
  • Cinema 4D
  • After Effects
  • MXF
  • M2TS/MTS
  • iMovie Projects


  • Eudora
  • AppleMail
  • Outlook Express
  • Entourage database files
  • RAW EML/EMLX files


  • Generic ASCII Text
  • RTF
  • XML
  • HTML
  • Postscript (non-binary)


  • WAV
  • MP3
  • AIFF
  • AAC/M4A/M4P/M4B
  • Ogg
  • Logic LSO
  • Finale Project
  • Maya Session
  • ProTools Session
  • Reason Session, Refill, Published, & Recycle
  • Digital Speech Standard


  • PDF
  • Word
  • Power Point
  • Excel
  • Quark
  • iWork ’05-’09
  • OpenOffice
  • Quicken
  • Quickbooks
  • AppleWorks/ClarisWorks
  • Freehand
  • AutoCAD
  • EndNote
  • FinalDraft
  • InDesign
  • VectorWorks
  • ArchiCAD PLN and LBK
  • PageMaker
  • FileMaker
  • Word Perfect
  • Celtx Project


  • Resource forks
  • Property lists (binary and XML). Includes the following subtypes, recovered in various folders and with various extensions: Comic Life, Master Row, Soft Fill, IBCocoaFramework, ChatRoom, QCPatch, AudioTrack, CSElement, Web archive, PmProj, Meta Model Key, User Model Key, Axis Limit, Safari bookmarks, and MyThought files.
  • Keychain files
  • OLE files (an older Microsoft Office format, includes generic OLE, Word, PowerPoint, Excel,)
  • Panorama
  • SQLite
  • PEF (a binary executable format)
  • QuickCeph (disabled by default)
  • Red One (R3D) files
  • Pro Tools Session Files
  • iTunes Music Library
  • Doom 3 save files
  • Adobe GoLive
  • FormZ v4
  • Cinema 4D
  • FinalDraft
  • HyperCard
  • Finale
  • Carrera Pro 4
  • 4D Database
  • iCal
  • Maya
  • Quicken
  • Now Up To Date
  • Now Contact 3
  • ProTools
  • AOL Filing Cabinet
  • Reunion–8
  • Phase One TIFF
  • Lotus Notes Archive
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • TimeCard
  • Logic Pro
  • PowerSchool Database
  • Print Shop
  • Stickies
  • Address Book
  • Virtual PC7
  • EndNote
  • MacTracv6
  • Reason
  • AIM Chat
  • MacInTax
  • TurboTax
  • Mozilla Bookmarks/Address Book
  • StatView
  • Easy Grade Pro3.6
  • Digital Speech Standard
  • Cubase