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

FMT File Recovery

What is a .FMT file?

A FMT file is a format settings file created by FoxPro, a database development system. It contains settings referenced by FoxPro to specify data formats and validate data entered into FoxPro tables.

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

There are several common causes of ".FMT" file loss or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete the ".FMT" file while organizing or cleaning up their computer system.
  2. File system corruption: Issues with the file system, such as disk errors or improper shutdowns, can lead to ".FMT" file corruption or loss.
  3. Virus or malware attack: Malicious software can infect and damage files, including ".FMT" files, leading to their loss or failure.
  4. Software or hardware conflicts: Incompatibilities between different software programs or hardware components can cause ".FMT" files to become inaccessible or fail to function properly.
  5. Operating system issues: Problems with the operating system, such as crashes or updates gone wrong, can result in ".FMT" file loss or failure.
  6. Power outages: Sudden power outages or fluctuations can interrupt file saving processes, leading to ".FMT" file corruption or loss.
  7. Human error: Mistakes made by users, such as accidentally formatting a storage device or overwriting ".FMT" files, can cause their loss or failure.
  8. Storage media failure: Hard drive failures, memory card corruption, or other issues with storage media can result in the loss or failure of ".FMT" files.

It is always recommended to regularly back up important files, including ".FMT" files, to minimize the risk of loss or failure.

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

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

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

Looking for how to open a stereo foxPro Format File image file file?

Programs that open ".FMT" files

Microsoft Visual FoxPro Microsoft Visual FoxPro

Additional Information

  • File type: FoxPro Format File

  • File extension: .FMT

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Settings Files

  • Format: N/A

  • File types that use the extension .FMT:

    • FoxPro Format File

    • WinRAR Format 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 a ".FMT backup" file?

    A ".FMT backup" file is a backup file format used by various software applications to store formatting information. The purpose of this file is to preserve the formatting settings and styles of a document or template.

    When working with documents or templates that have specific formatting requirements, such as fonts, colors, margins, and styles, creating a ".FMT backup" file allows users to save and restore these formatting settings easily. It ensures that the document or template maintains its intended appearance even if it is moved to a different computer or shared with others.

    By using a ".FMT backup" file, users can quickly apply the saved formatting to other documents or revert to the original formatting if any changes or mistakes are made. It provides a convenient way to maintain consistency and efficiency in document formatting across different instances or users.

  • How can I create a ".FMT backup" file for my data?

    To create a ".FMT backup" file for your data, you can follow these steps:

    1. Identify the software or application that uses the ".FMT" file format for backup. ".FMT" is not a widely recognized backup file extension, so it may be specific to a particular software or system.
    2. Open the software or application that you want to create the backup from. Look for any backup or export options within the software's settings or menus.
    3. Locate the backup/export settings and choose the ".FMT" file format as the desired output format. If the software/application does not have the option to directly create a ".FMT" backup file, you may need to choose a different file format that is compatible with the software and can be converted to ".FMT" later.
    4. Select the data or files you want to include in the backup. This could be specific folders, databases, or any other relevant data within the software/application.
    5. Start the backup process and wait for it to complete. The software/application will generate the backup file in the specified format, which may be ".FMT" or another format that you can convert to ".FMT" later.
    6. Verify that the backup file has been created successfully by checking the specified backup location or folder.

    Note: If you are unable to find any specific information about creating a ".FMT" backup file for your software/application, it is recommended to consult the software's documentation or contact their support team for guidance.

  • Can a ".FMT backup" file be restored to recover lost or corrupted data?

    No, a ".FMT backup" file cannot be directly restored to recover lost or corrupted data. The ".FMT backup" file is typically associated with FileMaker Pro, a database management software. It is a backup file that contains a snapshot of the database structure and settings, but not the actual data stored within the database.

    To recover lost or corrupted data from a FileMaker Pro database, you would need to have a backup file that contains the actual data (usually with a ".fmp12" or ".fp7" extension). If you have a valid backup file, you can use FileMaker Pro or other compatible software to restore the data from the backup file into a new or existing database.

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