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

ICE File Recovery

What is a .ICE file?

Compressed file archive created by ICEOWS (Interface de Compression Ergonomique pour windOWS), a Polish file compression program for Windows; formerly known as ArjFolder.

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

There can be several common causes for ".ICE" file loss or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users might accidentally delete the ".ICE" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer.
  2. System crashes: If the system crashes due to hardware or software issues, it can lead to the loss of ".ICE" files.
  3. Malware or virus attacks: Malicious software or viruses can corrupt or delete ".ICE" files, leading to their loss or failure.
  4. File system errors: Errors in the file system, such as disk errors or corruption, can cause ".ICE" files to become inaccessible or lost.
  5. Software conflicts: Conflicts between different software applications or incompatible software versions can result in the loss or failure of ".ICE" files.
  6. Power outages: Unexpected power outages or improper system shutdowns can cause ".ICE" files to become lost or damaged.
  7. Human errors: Mistakes made by users, such as accidental formatting of storage devices or improper handling of files, can lead to the loss of ".ICE" files.
  8. Hardware failure: Issues with the storage devices, such as hard drive failure or physical damage, can result in the loss or failure of ".ICE" files.

It is always recommended to regularly back up important files, including ".ICE" files, to prevent their loss or failure in case of any unforeseen events.

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

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

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

Looking for how to open a stereo iCE File Archive image file file?

Programs that open ".ICE" files

ESTsoft ALZip ESTsoft ALZip

Additional Information

  • File type: ICE File Archive

  • File extension: .ICE

  • Developer: N/A

  • Category: Compressed Files

  • Format: Binary

  • HEX: 49 43 01 02 01 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 the purpose of .ICE formats and how are they used in computer systems?

    The .ICE format is not a widely known or commonly used format in computer systems. Therefore, there is no specific purpose or use associated with .ICE formats. It is possible that you may be referring to a specific software or application that uses .ICE as a file extension, but without further context, it is difficult to provide a specific answer.

    If you can provide more information about the software or application you are referring to, I can provide a more accurate answer regarding the purpose and usage of .ICE formats in that particular context.

  • What are some common examples of .ICE formats and how do they differ from other file formats?

    .ICE (Image Composite Editor) is a file format used for storing panoramic images created with Microsoft's Image Composite Editor software. Here are some common examples of .ICE formats:

    1. Panoramic Photos: .ICE files are commonly used to store stitched panoramic images. These images are created by combining multiple individual photos into a single wide-angle image.
    2. Gigapixel Images: .ICE format is also used to store gigapixel images, which are extremely high-resolution images composed of billions of pixels. These images are often created by stitching together hundreds or thousands of individual photos.
    3. 360-Degree Photos: .ICE files can be used to store 360-degree photos, which capture the entire view in all directions. These images are popular for virtual reality (VR) experiences and immersive photography.

    Differences from other file formats:

    • .ICE files are specifically designed to store stitched panoramic images, whereas other formats like JPEG, PNG, or TIFF are more general-purpose image formats.
    • .ICE files can contain metadata and additional information specific to panoramic images, such as camera settings, focal length, and projection type.
    • .ICE files may have a larger file size compared to individual image files since they store the combined information of multiple photos.
    • .ICE files are not as widely supported by image editing software or image viewers as common image formats like JPEG or PNG. They are primarily used with Microsoft's Image Composite Editor or specialized panoramic image viewers.
  • Are .ICE formats compatible with all operating systems and software applications, or are they specific to certain platforms?

    .ICE formats are not compatible with all operating systems and software applications. They are specific to certain platforms. .ICE (Image Composite Editor) is a file format used by Microsoft's Image Composite Editor software, which is designed for creating panoramic images. This software is primarily available for Windows operating systems. Therefore, .ICE files can be opened and edited using the Image Composite Editor software on Windows, but may not be compatible with other operating systems or software applications.

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