.PLA 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 .PLA file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2023.

PLA File Recovery

What is a .PLA file?

Music playlist for a SanDisk Sansa portable media player; saved in the PLP playlist format, which lists locations of files in a standard text format; must be transferred to the PLAYLISTS folder on the Sansa device to be recognized by the player.

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

There can be several common causes for ".PLA" files being lost or experiencing failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".PLA" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer systems.
  2. Software or hardware issues: Issues with the software or hardware used to open or save ".PLA" files can cause them to become corrupted or inaccessible.
  3. File system errors: Errors in the file system, such as disk errors or file system corruption, can lead to the loss or failure of ".PLA" files.
  4. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and corrupt ".PLA" files, making them unusable or causing them to be lost.
  5. Power outages or system crashes: Sudden power outages or system crashes while working with ".PLA" files can result in data loss or file corruption.
  6. Incompatible software or file formats: Using incompatible software or attempting to open ".PLA" files in unsupported file formats can lead to file failure or loss.
  7. Human error: Mistakes made by users, such as improper file handling, accidental formatting, or not properly saving or backing up ".PLA" files, can cause them to be lost or fail.

It is important to regularly back up ".PLA" files and take necessary precautions to prevent data loss or file failure.

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

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

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

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Programs that open ".PLA" files

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Additional Information

  • File type: Sansa Playlist File

  • File extension: .PLA

  • Developer: SanDisk

  • Category: Audio Files

  • Format: N/A

  • File types that use the extension .PLA:

    • Sansa Playlist File

    • iriver iQuickList File

    • ArchiCAD Project Archive


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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.

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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 a ".PLA backup" and how is it different from other backup formats?

    A ".PLA backup" refers to a backup file format used by the software application called "Playlist Organizer." Playlist Organizer is a tool used to manage playlists, typically in the context of media players or media libraries.

    A .PLA backup file contains information about the playlists, including the list of songs, their order, and any associated metadata. It is specifically designed to be compatible with Playlist Organizer, allowing users to restore their playlists in the application.

    The key difference between a .PLA backup and other backup formats lies in their purpose and compatibility. While other backup formats, like .ZIP or .TAR, are more general and can be used to store various types of files, a .PLA backup is specialized for playlist management. It focuses on preserving the structure and content of playlists, making it easier to restore them within the Playlist Organizer software.

  • How can I create a ".PLA backup" of my files and data?

    To create a ".PLA backup" of your files and data, you can follow these steps:

    1. Identify the files and data you want to back up: Determine which files and data you want to include in the backup. This can include documents, photos, videos, music, or any other important files.
    2. Choose a backup method: There are several methods you can use to create a backup, such as using backup software, cloud storage, or external storage devices like hard drives or USB flash drives. Choose a method that suits your needs and preferences.
    3. Backup using backup software:

    a. Install a reliable backup software on your computer.

    b. Launch the backup software and follow the on-screen instructions to configure your backup settings.

    c. Select the files and data you want to include in the backup.

    d. Choose the destination where you want to store the backup. Ensure it supports the ".PLA" file format if required.

    e. Start the backup process and wait for it to complete.

    Backup using cloud storage:

    a. Sign up for a cloud storage service like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive.

    b. Install the cloud storage client application on your computer.

    c. Create a new folder in the cloud storage dedicated to your backup.

    d. Copy and paste the files and data you want to back up into the dedicated folder.

    e. Wait for the files to synchronize with the cloud storage server.

    Backup using external storage devices:

    a. Connect an external storage device (e.g., external hard drive or USB flash drive) to your computer.

    b. Open the file explorer or Finder on your computer and navigate to the files and data you want to back up.

    c. Copy and paste or drag and drop the files into the external storage device.

    d. Wait for the files to finish copying and ensure they are safely stored on the external storage device.

    Remember to regularly update your backup to include any new or modified files and data. Additionally, it's a good practice to keep multiple copies of your backups in different locations to ensure redundancy and protect against data loss.

  • Are there any specific software or tools required to restore a ".PLA backup" in case of data loss or system failure?

    The file extension ".PLA" typically refers to Performance Monitor Log files in Windows. These files are used to store performance counter data.

    To restore a ".PLA backup" in case of data loss or system failure, you would typically need to use the built-in Performance Monitor tool in Windows. Here are the steps to restore a Performance Monitor Log file:

    1. Open the Performance Monitor tool by searching for "Performance Monitor" in the Start menu or by pressing Windows Key + R, typing "perfmon" and pressing Enter.
    2. In the Performance Monitor window, click on "Data Collector Sets" in the left-hand pane.
    3. Right-click on "User Defined" and select "New" > "Data Collector Set".
    4. Give the new data collector set a name and click "Next".
    5. Choose "Create from a template (Recommended)" and click "Next".
    6. Select "Performance Counter" and click "Next".
    7. Click on the "Browse" button and locate the ".PLA backup" file you want to restore.
    8. Select the file and click "Open".
    9. Click "Next" and then "Finish" to create the new data collector set.
    10. In the Performance Monitor window, expand "Data Collector Sets", "User Defined", and select the data collector set you just created.
    11. Right-click on the data collector set and choose "Start" to begin collecting data from the restored backup file.

    It's important to note that ".PLA backup" files are not traditional backups in the sense of data recovery or system restoration. They are used primarily for performance monitoring and analysis purposes. If you are looking to restore other types of data or system files, you may need different tools or methods depending on the specific situation.

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