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

GADGET File Recovery

What is a .GADGET file?

A GADGET file is a small program that runs within the Windows Vista or Windows 7 sidebar. It stores several web-based files in a Zip archive format and may include .HTML, .CSS, .JS files, as well as other web files. GADGET files are used for small programs such as news feeds, search tools, system utilities, and small games.

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

There are several common causes of ".GADGET" files being lost or experiencing failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may unintentionally delete ".GADGET" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer's storage.
  2. File system corruption: Issues with the file system, such as disk errors or software conflicts, can lead to the corruption or loss of ".GADGET" files.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and damage ".GADGET" files, making them inaccessible or causing them to fail.
  4. Hardware failure: Problems with the computer's hard drive or other hardware components can result in the loss or corruption of ".GADGET" files.
  5. Software conflicts: Incompatibility between different software programs or conflicts during installation or uninstallation processes can lead to the failure of ".GADGET" files.
  6. Power outages or system crashes: Unexpected power outages or system crashes while working with ".GADGET" files can cause data loss or file corruption.
  7. Improper file transfer or storage: Incorrectly transferring or storing ".GADGET" files, such as using unreliable external storage devices or improper shutdown procedures, can result in file loss or failure.
  8. Operating system updates: Sometimes, updates to the operating system or other software can inadvertently affect ".GADGET" files, leading to their loss or failure.

It is always recommended to regularly back up important files, including ".GADGET" files, to prevent data loss in case of any unexpected events.

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

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

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

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Additional Information

  • File type: Windows Gadget

  • File extension: .GADGET

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Executable Files

  • Format: Zip

  • HEX: 4D 53 43 46, 50 4B 03 04



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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 ".GADGET backup" file and how does it differ from regular device backups?

    A ".GADGET backup" file is specifically associated with Windows Sidebar gadgets. Windows Sidebar gadgets are small applications that provide quick access to information and functions on the Windows desktop. These gadgets can be customized by users and may contain various settings, preferences, and data.

    The purpose of a ".GADGET backup" file is to store a backup of a specific Windows Sidebar gadget, including its settings and data. This backup file ensures that if the gadget is removed or lost, its configuration can be easily restored.

    In comparison to regular device backups, which typically include the entire system or specific files and settings, ".GADGET backup" files are focused solely on preserving the state of a particular Windows Sidebar gadget. Regular device backups encompass a broader scope, such as operating system files, installed applications, user data, and system settings.

  • How can one create a ".GADGET backup" file for their gadgets or devices?

    To create a ".GADGET backup" file for gadgets or devices, you can follow these steps:

    1. Connect the gadget or device to your computer using a USB cable or any other appropriate method.
    2. Open the file explorer on your computer and navigate to the connected gadget or device.
    3. Locate the files and data that you want to backup. This could include documents, photos, videos, music, or any other relevant files.
    4. Create a new folder on your computer's hard drive or an external storage device where you want to store the backup.
    5. Copy and paste the selected files and data from the gadget or device to the newly created folder on your computer. You can either drag and drop the files or use the copy-paste function.
    6. Once the files are successfully copied, you have created a backup of your gadget or device. You can rename the folder if desired.
    7. If you want to compress the backup folder into a single ".GADGET backup" file, you can use file compression software like WinRAR, 7-Zip, or WinZip. Right-click on the folder, select "Add to archive" or a similar option, choose the desired compression format (e.g., ZIP), and click "OK" to create the compressed backup file.

    Now, you have successfully created a ".GADGET backup" file for your gadgets or devices. Remember to store the backup file in a safe location to avoid data loss.

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

    There is no specific tool or software recommended for restoring data from a ".GADGET backup" file because ".GADGET" is not a standard file format for backups. It is likely that the file extension has been mislabeled or is specific to a particular application or device.

    To determine the appropriate tool or software for restoring data from a backup file, you need to identify the application or device that created the backup. Once you know the correct file format or the software used for creating the backup, you can search for tools or software specifically designed to restore data from that type of backup file.

    If you provide more information about the context or the source of the ".GADGET backup" file, it might be possible to provide more specific guidance.

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