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

DS File Recovery

What is a .DS file?

Plain text script used by DAZ Studio, a 3D modeling application; contains instructions that automate program functionality; may act like a macro for running common tasks or may include custom code that extends the functionality of the software; often used for applying character morphs or model presets, and for working with import and export file formats.

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

".DS" files, also known as Desktop Services Store, are hidden files created by the macOS operating system. These files store information about the arrangement of icons on the desktop, folder settings, and other metadata. While they are essential for the proper functioning of the macOS interface, there are several common causes for ".DS" files lost or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".DS" files while cleaning up their desktop or organizing folders. This can lead to the loss of desktop icon positions and other settings.
  2. Disk errors: Disk errors or corruption can cause ".DS" files to become inaccessible or get deleted. This can happen due to power outages, improper system shutdowns, or hardware issues.
  3. System upgrades: During system upgrades or updates, there is a possibility of ".DS" files being overwritten or removed. This can occur when upgrading to a new version of macOS or installing software that modifies system settings.
  4. Third-party applications: Some third-party applications or utilities may interfere with ".DS" files, leading to corruption or deletion. This can happen if the application modifies system settings or interacts with the desktop interface.
  5. Malware or viruses: Malicious software or viruses can target and delete ".DS" files as part of their destructive activities. This can disrupt the desktop layout and cause other system issues.
  6. Disk formatting or partitioning: When formatting a disk or partitioning it, ".DS" files stored on that particular disk or partition will be erased. This can happen when setting up a new macOS installation or reformatting a drive.
  7. File system errors: File system errors, such as file system corruption or disk errors, can cause ".DS" files to become lost or inaccessible. This can occur due to software bugs, hardware failures, or improper system shutdowns.

To prevent ".DS" file loss or failure, it is recommended to regularly backup important files and system settings. Additionally, using reliable antivirus software and keeping the operating system and applications up to date can help protect against malware or compatibility issues.

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

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

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

Looking for how to open a stereo dAZ Studio 1/2 Script image file file?

Programs that open ".DS" files

DAZ 3D DAZ Studio 4 DAZ 3D DAZ Studio 4
DAZ 3D DAZ Studio 4 DAZ 3D DAZ Studio 4

Additional Information

  • File type: DAZ Studio 1/2 Script

  • File extension: .DS

  • Developer: DAZ Productions

  • Category: 3D Image Files

  • Format: Text

  • File types that use the extension .DS:

    • DAZ Studio 1/2 Script

    • LMMS DrumSynth File

    • TWAIN Data Source

    • Furcadia DragonSpeak 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 purpose of the ".DS backup" file?

    The ".DS backup" file, also known as ".DS_Store" file, is a hidden file created by the macOS operating system. It stands for "Desktop Services Store" and serves the purpose of storing custom attributes of a folder or directory. These attributes include the position of icons, view settings, window size, and other metadata related to the folder's appearance.

    The ".DS backup" file is automatically generated by macOS when you customize the appearance of a folder, such as changing the icon arrangement or view options. It helps maintain the customized settings and ensures that the folder retains its appearance preferences even after the system restarts or the folder is accessed from different locations.

    However, these files are generally not necessary for the functionality of the folder and can be safely deleted without causing any harm. They are primarily useful for maintaining the visual consistency and customization of folders on macOS.

  • How can I restore a ".DS backup" file to its original location?

    To restore a ".DS backup" file to its original location, you can follow these steps:

    1. Locate the ".DS backup" file on your computer. It is typically found in the same directory as the original file or in a backup folder.
    2. Rename the ".DS backup" file by removing the ".DS" extension, so that it matches the original file's name and format.
    3. Navigate to the original location of the file where you want to restore it. If the original file was deleted, create a new folder or choose a suitable location to restore it.
    4. Move or copy the renamed ".DS backup" file to the original location. You can do this by dragging and dropping the file or using the copy-paste function.
    5. If prompted, confirm any overwrite or replace prompts that may appear during the copying process. This step ensures that the original file is replaced with the restored backup.

    Once you have completed these steps, the ".DS backup" file should be restored to its original location on your computer.

  • Are ".DS backup" files automatically created by a specific operating system or software?

    .DS_Store files are automatically created by the macOS operating system. They are hidden files that store custom attributes of a folder, such as the position of icons or the background image. These files are not backups but rather used by the operating system for its own purposes.

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