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

ETL File Recovery

What is a .ETL file?

An ETL file is a log file created by Microsoft Tracelog, a program that creates logs using the events from the kernel in Microsoft operating systems. It contains trace messages that have been generated during trace sessions, such as disk accesses or page faults. ETL files are used to log high-frequency events while tracking the performance of an operating system.

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

There are several common causes of ".ETL" (Event Trace Log) files being lost or experiencing failure:

  1. System crashes: If the system crashes while the ".ETL" file is being written or processed, it can lead to corruption or loss of the file.
  2. Power failures: Sudden power outages or interruptions can result in the ".ETL" file being incomplete or corrupted.
  3. Storage media issues: Problems with the storage media, such as hard drive failures, bad sectors, or disk errors, can cause ".ETL" files to become inaccessible or lost.
  4. Software or hardware conflicts: Incompatibilities or conflicts between different software or hardware components can lead to errors or failure in generating or processing ".ETL" files.
  5. Insufficient disk space: If the disk where the ".ETL" files are stored runs out of space, it can prevent the files from being saved or cause them to be overwritten.
  6. Improper shutdown: If the system is not properly shut down or if the ".ETL" files are forcefully closed, it can result in data loss or corruption.
  7. Virus or malware infections: Malicious software can infect and damage ".ETL" files, making them inaccessible or causing failure during processing.
  8. Human error: Accidental deletion, formatting, or manipulation of ".ETL" files by users or administrators can lead to their loss or failure.

To prevent ".ETL" file loss or failure, it is advisable to regularly backup the files, ensure proper system maintenance, use reliable storage media, and employ antivirus software to protect against malware infections.

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

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

Use programs for recovering ".ETL" 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 ".ETL" 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.

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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 ".ETL" 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 ".ETL" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo microsoft Event Trace Log File image file file?

Programs that open ".ETL" files

Microsoft Event Viewer Microsoft Event Viewer
Microsoft Tracelog Microsoft Tracelog
Microsoft Tracerpt Microsoft Tracerpt

Additional Information

  • File type: Microsoft Event Trace Log File

  • File extension: .ETL

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: System Files

  • Format: Binary


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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 format .ETL and what does it stand for?

    The .ETL file format stands for Event Trace Log. It is a file format used by Microsoft Windows to store event trace data. Event tracing is a mechanism used for diagnosing and troubleshooting software and system issues. ETL files contain information about events such as system calls, application events, and performance data. These files are typically generated by tools like Windows Performance Recorder and Windows Performance Analyzer for analyzing system performance and identifying bottlenecks or errors.

  • How can I open and view the contents of a .ETL file?

    To open and view the contents of a .ETL (Event Trace Log) file, you can use the Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA) tool, which is part of the Windows Performance Toolkit. Here's how you can do it:

    1. Download and install the Windows Performance Toolkit from the Microsoft website. Make sure to download the version compatible with your Windows operating system.
    2. Once installed, open the Windows Performance Analyzer by searching for "Windows Performance Analyzer" in the Start menu.
    3. In the Windows Performance Analyzer, go to File > Open and select your .ETL file.
    4. The tool will analyze the .ETL file and load the recorded events. This process may take some time depending on the size of the file.
    5. Once the analysis is complete, you will be able to see various graphs, tables, and other visualizations representing the data contained in the .ETL file.
    6. You can explore the contents of the .ETL file by navigating through different views, such as CPU Usage, Disk I/O, Network I/O, etc., depending on the type of events recorded in the log.

    Note: Opening and analyzing .ETL files requires administrative privileges, so make sure you run the Windows Performance Analyzer as an administrator.

  • Are there any specific software or tools required to open and analyze .ETL files?

    Yes, there are specific software and tools required to open and analyze .ETL (Event Trace Log) files. Here are a few commonly used tools:

    1. Microsoft Message Analyzer: This is a powerful tool provided by Microsoft for capturing, displaying, and analyzing trace logs, including .ETL files.
    2. Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA): WPA is a part of the Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) and allows you to open and analyze .ETL files related to performance monitoring and debugging.
    3. Process Monitor: Process Monitor, developed by Microsoft, is a tool used for monitoring system activity, including file system, registry, and process/thread activity. It can also open and analyze .ETL files.
    4. PerfView: PerfView is a performance analysis tool developed by Microsoft. It can open and analyze .ETL files and provides detailed performance analysis for Windows applications.
    5. TraceView: TraceView is a tool provided by the Windows Driver Kit (WDK) that allows you to open and analyze .ETL files generated by kernel-mode drivers.

    These tools provide various features for analyzing and interpreting the data captured in .ETL files, such as filtering, visualizations, and detailed performance analysis.

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