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

PROPDESC File Recovery

What is a .PROPDESC file?

XML file that describes properties that can be searched using Windows Search; created for properties that are not already in the property system; must be stored in a global location (not a user directory) in order to function correctly.

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

There are several common causes of ".PROPDESC" files being lost or failing:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete the ".PROPDESC" files while cleaning up their system or mistakenly selecting them for deletion.
  2. Software conflicts: Conflicts between different software applications or incompatible software versions can lead to the corruption or loss of ".PROPDESC" files.
  3. Hardware issues: Hardware malfunctions, such as hard drive failures or power outages, can result in the loss or corruption of ".PROPDESC" files.
  4. Virus or malware infections: Viruses or malware can infect and damage ".PROPDESC" files, making them inaccessible or causing them to fail.
  5. Software errors: Errors in software programs or operating systems can lead to the loss or corruption of ".PROPDESC" files.
  6. Improper file handling: Improper file handling, such as forceful shutdowns or abruptly terminating programs, can cause ".PROPDESC" files to become corrupted or lost.
  7. File system errors: File system errors, such as disk errors or file system corruption, can result in the loss or failure of ".PROPDESC" files.
  8. User error: Users may accidentally overwrite or modify ".PROPDESC" files, leading to their loss or failure.
  9. Software updates or upgrades: Sometimes, when updating or upgrading software, the ".PROPDESC" files may not be properly migrated or transferred, resulting in their loss or failure.
  10. File format incompatibility: Incompatibility between different versions or formats of ".PROPDESC" files can lead to their failure or loss of functionality.

It is important to regularly backup important files, including ".PROPDESC" files, to prevent loss or failure due to any of these causes.

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

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

Use programs for recovering ".PROPDESC" 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 ".PROPDESC" 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.

Partition Recovery™ 4.9
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 ".PROPDESC" 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 ".PROPDESC" extension?

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Programs that open ".PROPDESC" files

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Additional Information

  • File type: Property Description

  • File extension: .PROPDESC

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Settings Files

  • Format: XML


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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 the ".PROPDESC backup" file?

    The ".PROPDESC backup" file is a backup file used by Microsoft Windows to store property description information. Property descriptions provide metadata and information about various files and folders in the Windows operating system. These files help in providing descriptive information and attributes for different file types, such as documents, images, or videos.

    The purpose of the ".PROPDESC backup" file is to serve as a backup copy of the property description file. It ensures that if the original property description file gets corrupted or deleted, the backup file can be used to restore the necessary metadata and attributes associated with files and folders.

    By having a backup file, Windows can maintain the consistency and accuracy of property descriptions even in case of unexpected issues or data loss.

  • How can I create a ".PROPDESC backup" file for my property descriptions?

    To create a ".PROPDESC backup" file for your property descriptions, you can follow these steps:

    1. Identify the location or storage method of your property descriptions. These might be stored in a database, a specific folder on your computer, or within a property management software.
    2. Determine the file format or structure of your property descriptions. It could be in a plain text format (.txt), a structured data format (.csv, .xlsx), or a proprietary format specific to your property management software.
    3. Create a new folder on your computer or any desired storage location where you want to keep your backup files. Name it something like "Property Descriptions Backup."
    4. Navigate to the location or storage method of your property descriptions and select all the relevant files or data.
    5. Copy the selected files or data by right-clicking and choosing the "Copy" option or using the Ctrl+C (Command+C on Mac) keyboard shortcut.
    6. Go to the newly created "Property Descriptions Backup" folder and paste the copied files or data by right-clicking and selecting the "Paste" option or using the Ctrl+V (Command+V on Mac) keyboard shortcut.
    7. Once the files or data are successfully pasted into the backup folder, you have created a backup of your property descriptions. You can verify this by checking that the files or data are present in the backup folder.
    8. It is recommended to periodically update your backup files to ensure they include the latest property descriptions. You can follow the same process mentioned above to copy and paste the updated files or data into the backup folder.

    By following these steps, you will have successfully created a ".PROPDESC backup" file for your property descriptions, which you can access and restore in case of any data loss or accidental deletion.

  • Is it possible to restore a ".PROPDESC backup" file to recover lost property descriptions?

    No, it is not possible to restore a ".PROPDESC backup" file to recover lost property descriptions. The ".PROPDESC backup" file extension does not correspond to any known file format or backup method. If you have lost property descriptions, it is recommended to check for any other backups or try to retrieve the information from a different source.

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