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

CUR File Recovery

What is a .CUR file?

A CUR file is a cursor image or animation used for the Windows mouse pointer. It may be an arrow (for general use), a spinning hourglass (for waiting periods), or an I-bar (for text editing).

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

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

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".CUR" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer's files and folders.
  2. System crash: A system crash or unexpected shutdown can lead to the loss of ".CUR" files if they were not saved or backed up properly.
  3. Virus or malware infection: Viruses or malware can corrupt or delete ".CUR" files as they can target any type of file on a computer.
  4. Software or hardware issues: Errors or glitches in software applications or hardware components can cause ".CUR" files to become inaccessible or corrupt.
  5. File system errors: Issues with the file system, such as disk errors or corruption, can result in the loss or failure of ".CUR" files.
  6. Improper file transfer: If ".CUR" files are not transferred correctly or interrupted during the process, they can become lost or corrupted.
  7. Formatting or partitioning: Formatting or partitioning a storage device without proper backup can lead to the loss of all files, including ".CUR" files.
  8. Human error: Mistakes made by users, such as accidental formatting of the wrong drive or overwriting files, can result in the loss of ".CUR" files.

It is always recommended to regularly back up important files, including ".CUR" files, to prevent loss or failure.

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

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

Use programs for recovering ".CUR" 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 ".CUR" 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.

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 ".CUR" 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 ".CUR" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo windows Cursor image file file?

Programs that open ".CUR" files

File Viewer Plus File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows
Axialis CursorWorkshop Axialis CursorWorkshop
Greenfish Icon Editor Pro Greenfish Icon Editor Pro
ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio
Corel PaintShop Pro 2020 Corel PaintShop Pro 2020
Inkscape Inkscape
Inkscape Inkscape
Snap Converter Snap Converter
Inkscape Inkscape

Additional Information

  • File type: Windows Cursor

  • File extension: .CUR

  • Developer: Невідомо

  • Category: System Files

  • Format: Binary

  • HEX: 00 00 02 00


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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 a ".CUR backup" file and how does it differ from other backup file formats?

    A ".CUR backup" file is a type of backup file format used to store cursor files in Windows operating systems. Cursors are graphical images that indicate the position of the mouse pointer on the screen.

    The ".CUR backup" file format is specific to cursor files and is designed to store the backup of these files. It differs from other backup file formats in that it is tailored specifically for cursor files and may not be compatible with other types of files. Other backup file formats, such as ".ZIP" or ".BKF," are more general and can store a wide range of file types.

    The ".CUR backup" file format may include metadata and attributes specific to cursor files, such as hotspot coordinates, color information, and animation details. It allows users to restore cursor files to their original state in case of accidental deletion, corruption, or system failure.

    It is important to note that the ".CUR backup" file format is not as commonly used or standardized as other backup file formats.

  • How can I create a ".CUR backup" file for my system or specific files?

    To create a ".CUR backup" file for your system or specific files, you can follow these steps:

    1. Determine the files or directories you want to include in the backup. This could be your entire system or specific files/folders.
    2. Decide on a backup location. This can be an external hard drive, a network storage device, or a cloud storage service.
    3. Choose a backup method. There are several options available, such as using built-in backup tools in your operating system, third-party backup software, or manual copying.
    4. Using built-in backup tools:
    • Windows: Windows has a built-in backup tool called "File History" or "Backup and Restore." You can access it by searching for these terms in the Start menu. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up and configure the backup. You can choose the files/folders to include and the backup location.
    • macOS: macOS has a built-in backup tool called "Time Machine." Connect your backup storage device, go to "System Preferences," and select "Time Machine." Choose your backup disk and click "Back Up Now." Time Machine will automatically create backups of your system and files.

    Using third-party backup software:

    • There are numerous backup software available, such as Acronis True Image, EaseUS Todo Backup, or Carbonite. Download and install the software of your choice, then follow the instructions provided to configure your backup settings. Typically, you can choose the files/folders to include and the backup location.

    Manual copying:

    • If you prefer a more hands-on approach, you can manually copy the files/folders you want to back up. Simply navigate to the desired files/folders, right-click on them, select "Copy," and then paste them into your backup location (external drive, network storage, or cloud storage). This method requires you to manually update the backup periodically.

    Remember to regularly update your backup to ensure your files are up to date. Additionally, test the restoration process to ensure your backup files can be successfully restored if needed.

  • Are there any specific tools or software that are recommended for opening and restoring data from a ".CUR backup" file?

    A ".CUR backup" file is not a standard file format, and it is unclear what type of data it contains. Therefore, there are no specific tools or software recommended for opening or restoring data from a ".CUR backup" file.

    However, if you can provide more information about the file or the type of data it contains, it may be possible to suggest appropriate tools or methods for opening or restoring the data.

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