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

PWI File Recovery

What is a .PWI file?

Document created by Microsoft Word for Windows Mobile edition, a word processing program also referred to as "Pocket Word;" created on Pocket PC PDAs running the Windows Mobile operating system; similar to a Word (.DOC) document, but does not support features such as headers, footers, and comments.

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

There are several common causes of ".PWI" (Pocket Word Document) files being lost or experiencing failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".PWI" files while organizing or cleaning up their devices, leading to permanent loss.
  2. Software or hardware issues: System crashes, software conflicts, or hardware failures can result in the corruption or loss of ".PWI" files.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and corrupt ".PWI" files, making them inaccessible or causing them to be deleted.
  4. File system errors: Issues with the file system, such as disk errors or improper shutdowns, can lead to the loss or corruption of ".PWI" files.
  5. Formatting or partitioning: Formatting or partitioning a storage device without proper backup can result in the complete loss of ".PWI" files stored on that device.
  6. Synchronization errors: If ".PWI" files are being synced between different devices or cloud services, errors during the synchronization process can cause data loss or corruption.
  7. Human error: Accidental overwriting, improper handling, or incorrect file manipulation can lead to the loss or failure of ".PWI" files.

To prevent such issues, it is recommended to regularly back up important ".PWI" files, use reliable antivirus software, avoid improper handling of files, and ensure proper synchronization processes.

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

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

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

Looking for how to open a stereo pocket Word Document image file file?

Programs that open ".PWI" files

Microsoft Outlook 2019 Microsoft Outlook 2019
Microsoft Word 2019 Microsoft Word 2019
Microsoft OneNote 2016 Microsoft OneNote 2016
Microsoft Word 2019 Microsoft Word 2019

Additional Information

  • File type: Pocket Word Document

  • File extension: .PWI

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Text Files

  • Format: Binary

  • HEX: 7B 5C 70 77 69

  • ASCII: {pwi


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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 a .PWI file and what is its purpose?

    A .PWI file is a file format used by Microsoft's Pocket Word application, which is a word processing program designed for mobile devices running Windows Mobile operating system.

    The purpose of a .PWI file is to store documents created and edited using Pocket Word. These files typically contain text, formatting, tables, images, and other elements commonly found in word processing documents. They can be opened and edited on Windows Mobile devices using Pocket Word or on a computer using Microsoft Word or other compatible software.

  • How can I open a .PWI file and access its contents?

    To open and access the contents of a .PWI file, you can follow these steps:

    1. Install Microsoft OneNote: .PWI files are typically associated with Microsoft OneNote, so you need to have it installed on your computer. If you don't have it, you can download and install it from the Microsoft website.
    2. Open Microsoft OneNote: After installing OneNote, launch the application.
    3. Import the .PWI file: In OneNote, go to the "File" menu and select "Import." Then, choose "Microsoft Office Document Imaging File" or "Printout" from the options. Browse to the location of the .PWI file and select it. Click "Open" to import the file into OneNote.
    4. Access the contents: Once the .PWI file is imported, you can view and access its contents within OneNote. The file will be converted into a notebook page, and you can interact with the text, images, and other elements within the page.

    Note: If you encounter any issues opening the .PWI file in OneNote, it's possible that the file is corrupted or incompatible. In such cases, you may need to try alternative methods or consider converting the .PWI file to a different format.

  • Are there any specific software or applications required to open and view .PWI files?

    Yes, there are specific software and applications required to open and view .PWI files. The .PWI file format is typically associated with Microsoft's Pocket Word, which is a word processing application for Windows Mobile devices. To open and view .PWI files, you can use the following software:

    1. Microsoft Word: Since Pocket Word files are compatible with Microsoft Word, you can open .PWI files directly in Word. However, ensure that you have a compatible version of Microsoft Word installed.
    2. Microsoft Word Viewer: If you don't have Microsoft Word installed, you can use the Microsoft Word Viewer, which is a free application that allows you to view Word documents, including .PWI files.
    3. Corel WordPerfect: Corel WordPerfect, a word processing software, also supports opening and viewing .PWI files.
    4. Pocket PC or Windows Mobile Device: If you have a Pocket PC or Windows Mobile device, you can transfer the .PWI files to the device and use Pocket Word or similar applications to view them directly on the device.

    It's important to note that .PWI files are not as common as other file formats, so the options for viewing them may be limited.

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