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

PDC File Recovery

What is a .PDC file?

Copy-protected .PDF file encrypted with Lizard Safeguard PDF security software; protects the PDF document from unauthorized viewing, copying, sharing, modifying, screen grabbing, and printing.

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

There are several common causes of ".PDC" (Portable Document Format) file loss or failure, including:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".PDC" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer system, leading to their loss.
  2. File system corruption: File system corruption can occur due to various reasons such as power outages, improper system shutdown, or hardware issues. This can result in the loss or corruption of ".PDC" files.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and corrupt files on a computer system, including ".PDC" files. This can lead to their loss or make them inaccessible.
  4. Software conflicts: In some cases, conflicts between different software applications can cause ".PDC" files to become corrupted or fail to open properly.
  5. Improper file conversion: If a ".PDC" file is converted to another file format incorrectly, it may result in data loss or corruption.
  6. Storage media failure: If the storage device where ".PDC" files are stored, such as a hard drive or USB drive, fails or becomes damaged, it can lead to the loss or corruption of the files.
  7. Human error: Accidental overwriting, formatting, or modification of ".PDC" files can occur due to human error, resulting in their loss or failure.
  8. Software bugs or glitches: Occasionally, software bugs or glitches can cause ".PDC" files to become inaccessible or fail to function properly.

It is important to regularly backup important ".PDC" files to prevent permanent loss and use reliable antivirus software to protect against malware attacks.

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

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

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

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Programs that open ".PDC" files

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Additional Information

  • File type: Lizard Safeguard Secure PDF File

  • File extension: .PDC

  • Developer: LockLizard

  • Category: Encoded Files

  • Format: N/A


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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 are some common reasons for encountering problems when trying to open a .PDC file, and how can these issues be resolved?

    There can be several reasons for encountering problems when trying to open a .PDC file. Here are some common issues and their possible resolutions:

    1. Missing or incompatible software: The most common reason for not being able to open a .PDC file is the absence of the appropriate software. .PDC files are typically associated with the LockLizard Safeguard Viewer, so ensure that you have the latest version of this software installed on your computer.
    2. Outdated software version: If you have the Safeguard Viewer installed but still can't open the .PDC file, it might be due to an outdated version. Ensure that you have the latest version of the software installed, as older versions may not support the file format.
    3. Corrupted .PDC file: If the .PDC file itself is corrupted, it may cause issues while opening. Try obtaining a fresh copy of the file and attempt to open it again. If the file is damaged, you may need to contact the file's creator or sender for a new version.
    4. Incorrect file extension: Sometimes, the file extension may be incorrectly labeled as .PDC. Ensure that the file extension is accurate by checking the file properties or asking the file sender for confirmation.
    5. File association issues: If your computer is not associating .PDC files with the correct software, you may need to manually set the association. Right-click on the file, select "Open With," and choose the Safeguard Viewer from the list of available programs. Additionally, you can set the Safeguard Viewer as the default program for opening .PDC files.
    6. Operating system compatibility: Some older versions of the LockLizard Safeguard Viewer may not be compatible with newer operating systems. Ensure that you have a version of the software that is compatible with your operating system. If not, try to find an updated version or contact the software provider for assistance.

    If none of these solutions work, it is recommended to consult the software provider's support documentation or contact their customer support for further assistance with opening .PDC files.

  • Are there any specific software or applications that are known to effectively open .PDC files, and what steps can be taken to ensure these programs are properly installed and configured?

    Yes, there is specific software known as "Locklizard Safeguard Viewer" that is designed to effectively open .PDC files. Here are the steps to ensure the program is properly installed and configured:

    1. Visit the Locklizard website or a trusted software download site to download the Locklizard Safeguard Viewer software.
    2. Once the download is complete, locate the installer file and double-click on it to begin the installation process.
    3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. Make sure to read and accept the terms and conditions.
    4. After installation, launch the Locklizard Safeguard Viewer application.
    5. In the Locklizard Safeguard Viewer, go to the File menu and select "Open" or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O.
    6. Browse and locate the .PDC file you want to open, select it, and click "Open".
    7. The .PDC file should now open in the Locklizard Safeguard Viewer, and you can view its contents.

    Note: Locklizard Safeguard Viewer may require a license or permission from the file owner to open and view .PDC files. Make sure you have the necessary credentials or permissions before attempting to open encrypted .PDC files.

  • Are there any alternative file formats or conversion methods that can be used to access the content of a .PDC file if it cannot be opened directly?

    If you are unable to open a .PDC (Portable Document Format) file directly, you may try the following alternative file formats or conversion methods to access its content:

    1. PDF: The .PDC file format is closely related to PDF, so you can attempt to rename the file extension from .PDC to .PDF and then try opening it with a PDF reader.
    2. Print to PDF: If you have the software that generated the .PDC file, you can try printing the document and selecting a PDF printer as the output option. This will create a new PDF file that can be opened using a PDF reader.
    3. Online converters: There are various online file conversion services available that can convert .PDC files to other formats like PDF. You can search for "PDC to PDF converter" to find a suitable online tool.
    4. Contact the file source: If the .PDC file was obtained from a specific source or organization, you can try reaching out to them for assistance. They may provide guidance on how to access the content or alternative file formats.

    Remember to exercise caution when using online converters and make sure to use trusted sources to avoid any potential security risks.

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