._EML File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our ._EML file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

_EML File Recovery

What is a ._EML file?

Email file created by Windows Live Mail (WLM) when a user drags one or more email messages to the desktop; stores the email message data, but cannot be opened directly by WLM until the user changes the extension to .EML.

What Are Common Causes of "._EML" Files Lost or Failure?

There are several common causes of "._EML" files lost or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete "._EML" files while organizing or cleaning up their email folders.
  2. Software or hardware issues: Issues with email clients or email servers can lead to "._EML" file corruption or loss. This can occur due to software bugs, crashes, or hardware failures.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect email clients or servers, leading to the deletion or corruption of "._EML" files.
  4. Improper email client settings: Incorrect configuration or settings in email clients can cause issues with "._EML" files, leading to loss or failure.
  5. Operating system errors: Errors within the operating system, such as file system corruption or disk errors, can result in the loss or corruption of "._EML" files.
  6. Power outages or system shutdowns: Unexpected power outages or improper system shutdowns can interrupt the saving or retrieval process of "._EML" files, leading to loss or corruption.
  7. Email synchronization issues: Problems with email synchronization between devices or email servers can result in the loss or failure of "._EML" files.
  8. Human error: Mistakes made by users, such as accidental formatting of storage devices or improper handling of email files, can cause "._EML" file loss or failure.
  9. Storage media failure: Failure or damage to the storage media where "._EML" files are stored, such as hard drives or memory cards, can result in data loss.
  10. Migration or transfer issues: When transferring or migrating email data from one email client or server to another, issues can arise that lead to the loss or failure of "._EML" files.

How to recover lost "._EML" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important "._EML" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a "._EML" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering "._EML" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover "._EML" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

Partition Recovery™ 4.9
The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover "._EML" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with "._EML" extension?

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Programs that open "._EML" files

Microsoft Windows Live Mail Microsoft Windows Live Mail

Additional Information

  • File type: Windows Live Mail Email File

  • File extension: ._EML

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Misc Files

  • Format: N/A


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

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Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is the purpose of an "._EML backup" file?

    The purpose of an "._EML backup" file is to create a backup copy of an email message in the EML file format. EML is a file extension used by email clients to store individual email messages. The "._EML backup" file is typically created when a user wants to preserve a copy of an important email or when a backup of email messages is being performed. It allows users to restore or access the email message in case of accidental deletion, corruption, or other issues with the original email file.

  • How can I create an "._EML backup" file for my email messages?

    To create an "._EML backup" file for your email messages, you can follow these steps:

    1. Open your email client or webmail service and locate the email message you want to backup.
    2. Open the email message and look for an option to save or export the message. This option is usually found in the menu or toolbar of the email client.
    3. Choose the "Save" or "Export" option, and select the file format as "EML" or "Email Message" (the exact wording may vary depending on your email client).
    4. Specify the location where you want to save the backup file. You can create a new folder specifically for email backups to keep things organized.
    5. Save the email message, and the email client will create an ".eml" file containing the backup of that email.
    6. To create an "._EML backup" file, you can simply rename the ".eml" file to "._EML". On Windows, you may need to enable file extensions to change the file name properly.
    7. Repeat the above steps for each email message you want to backup, creating separate "._EML backup" files for each.

    By following these steps, you can create individual "._EML backup" files for your email messages, allowing you to easily store and access them in the future.

  • Can I restore email messages from an "._EML backup" file to my email client?

    Yes, you can restore email messages from an "._EML backup" file to your email client. The ".eml" file format is a standard file format for email messages, and most email clients support importing and opening these files.

    To restore the email messages, follow these steps:

    1. Open your email client and locate the option to import or open email messages. This option is usually found in the File or Import menu.
    2. Choose the option to import or open email messages and browse to the location where you have saved the "._EML backup" file.
    3. Select the backup file and click on the Open or Import button.
    4. The email client will start importing the messages from the backup file. Depending on the number of messages and the size of the backup file, this process may take some time.
    5. Once the import process is complete, the email messages will be restored to your email client. You should be able to view and access them just like any other email in your client.

    Note: If your email client does not have a direct option to import or open ".eml" files, you can try dragging and dropping the backup file into your email client's inbox or another relevant folder. This may also work in some cases.

    Remember to keep a backup of your current email data before restoring the messages from the backup file, as importing the backup may overwrite or merge your existing emails.

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