.BAR 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 .BAR file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

BAR File Recovery

What is a .BAR file?

Data file used by Age of Empires III, a strategy game where players control units and build empires; may include game data, such as textures, music, fonts, text, and other game settings; serves as a file container that holds game data.

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

There can be several common causes for ".BAR" files lost or failure. Some of them are:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".BAR" files while cleaning up their system or organizing files, leading to their loss.
  2. File system corruption: File system corruption can occur due to various reasons such as improper system shutdown, virus/malware infections, or hardware issues. This corruption can result in the loss or failure of ".BAR" files.
  3. Software or hardware issues: Problems with the software or hardware components of a system can lead to ".BAR" file loss or failure. This can include issues with the operating system, application crashes, or faulty hardware components.
  4. Formatting or partitioning errors: If a user formats or partitions a storage device incorrectly, it can result in the loss or failure of ".BAR" files stored on that device.
  5. File transfer errors: Errors during file transfer, such as interruptions in network connectivity or incomplete transfers, can cause ".BAR" files to become lost or corrupted.
  6. System upgrades or updates: During system upgrades or updates, there is a possibility of data loss or failure, including ".BAR" files.
  7. Human error: Human error, such as accidentally overwriting or modifying ".BAR" files, can also lead to their loss or failure.

It is important to regularly backup important ".BAR" files to mitigate the risk of data loss and failure.

How to recover lost ".BAR" 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 ".BAR" file may be deleted.

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

Use programs for recovering ".BAR" 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 ".BAR" 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 ".BAR" 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 ".BAR" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo age of Empires 3 Data File image file file?

Programs that open ".BAR" files

Microsoft Age of Empires 3 Microsoft Age of Empires 3
Dragon UnPACKer Dragon UnPACKer

Additional Information

  • File type: Age of Empires 3 Data File

  • File extension: .BAR

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Game Files

  • Format: Binary

  • File types that use the extension .BAR:

    • Age of Empires 3 Data File

    • Age of Mythology Data File

    • Brew MP Binary Application Resource File


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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.

Oleg Afonin

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 file extension .BAR typically associated with, and what does it signify?

    The file extension .BAR is typically associated with BlackBerry Application Resource files. It signifies that the file is specifically designed for BlackBerry devices. These files contain resources such as images, sounds, and other assets required by BlackBerry applications. They are used for packaging and distributing applications to be installed on BlackBerry devices.

  • How can I open a .BAR file on my computer or device?

    To open a .BAR file on your computer or device, you can follow these steps:

    1. BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet: .BAR files are associated with BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. Connect your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to your computer using a USB cable. The tablet will appear as a removable storage device on your computer. Simply copy the .BAR file to the appropriate location on your tablet, such as the "apps" folder. The PlayBook will automatically recognize and install the application.
    2. BlackBerry 10 Device: If you have a BlackBerry 10 device, you can install .BAR files using a computer and the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software. Connect your device to the computer using a USB cable and open the BlackBerry Desktop Manager. Navigate to the "Applications" section and select the option to install a .BAR file. Browse for the .BAR file on your computer and follow the on-screen instructions to install it on your device.
    3. Android Device: Some .BAR files can be converted to Android-compatible .APK files using conversion tools. Once converted, you can install the .APK file on your Android device. Search online for a reputable .BAR to .APK converter, upload your .BAR file, and follow the conversion process. Once you have the .APK file, transfer it to your Android device and install it using a file manager or an APK installer app.

    Note: .BAR files are primarily associated with BlackBerry devices and may not be compatible with other operating systems or devices. Additionally, ensure that you download .BAR files from trusted sources to avoid any security risks.

  • Are there any specific software programs or applications required to access and view the contents of a .BAR file?

    Yes, to access and view the contents of a .BAR file, you need to use the BlackBerry Archive (BAR) file format. This format is specific to BlackBerry devices.

    To view the contents of a .BAR file, you can use the BlackBerry tools provided by BlackBerry Limited. These tools include the BlackBerry SDK (Software Development Kit) or the BlackBerry Simulator.

    The BlackBerry SDK allows developers to build, test, and debug applications for BlackBerry devices. It includes tools like the BlackBerry Native Development Kit (NDK) and the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK.

    The BlackBerry Simulator is an emulator that allows you to test and run BlackBerry applications on your computer. It can also be used to view the contents of .BAR files.

    Both the BlackBerry SDK and the BlackBerry Simulator can be downloaded from the BlackBerry Developer website. Keep in mind that these tools are primarily designed for developers, but they can be used to access and view the contents of .BAR files.

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