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

RELS File Recovery

What is a .RELS file?

A RELS file is a metadata file contained within Microsoft Open Office XML documents. It stores XML specifications for how "parts" within a "package" are connected to form a document. RELS files are saved in a _rels

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

There can be several common causes of ".RELS" files lost or failure, including:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".RELS" files while organizing or cleaning up their files, leading to their loss.
  2. Software or system errors: Errors within the software or operating system can cause ".RELS" files to become corrupted or lost. This can occur due to bugs, crashes, or other technical issues.
  3. Virus or malware infections: Malicious software can infect and damage files, including ".RELS" files. Viruses or malware can corrupt or delete these files, resulting in their loss or failure.
  4. Hardware failure: If the storage device containing ".RELS" files, such as a hard drive or flash drive, experiences a hardware failure, it can lead to the loss or corruption of these files.
  5. File system errors: Errors within the file system, such as file system corruption or disk errors, can cause ".RELS" files to become inaccessible or lost.
  6. Improper file handling: Improper handling of ".RELS" files, such as forceful shutdowns, abrupt removal of storage devices, or improper file transfers, can result in their loss or failure.
  7. Software conflicts: Conflicts between different software applications or versions can lead to the loss or corruption of ".RELS" files. This can occur when incompatible software modifies or deletes these files.
  8. Human error: Human mistakes, such as accidental formatting of storage devices, mistakenly renaming or moving files, or improper file management, can cause ".RELS" files to be lost or fail.

It is important to regularly back up important files, including ".RELS" files, to prevent permanent loss in case of any of these causes.

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

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

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

Looking for how to open a stereo open Office XML Relationships File image file file?

Programs that open ".RELS" files

Microsoft Word 2019 Microsoft Word 2019
Microsoft Excel 2019 Microsoft Excel 2019
Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 Microsoft PowerPoint 2019
Microsoft Word 2019 Microsoft Word 2019
Microsoft Excel 2019 Microsoft Excel 2019
Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 Microsoft PowerPoint 2019

Additional Information

  • File type: Open Office XML Relationships File

  • File extension: .RELS

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Page Layout 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.

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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 the purpose of ".RELS Recovery" in computer systems?

    There is no specific purpose or concept of ".RELS Recovery" in computer systems. ".RELS" is a file extension used by Microsoft Office applications for relationships between different parts of a document. It is not directly related to system recovery or any specific recovery mechanism. System recovery typically involves processes or tools that restore a computer system to a previous working state in case of software or hardware failures, data corruption, or other issues.

  • How does the ".RELS Recovery" process work to restore corrupted or lost files?

    The ".RELS Recovery" process is not a standard or widely recognized method for restoring corrupted or lost files. It is possible that you are referring to a specific software or tool that uses this term.

    However, in general, file recovery processes involve the following steps:

    1. Identification: Determine the cause and extent of the file corruption or loss. This can be due to accidental deletion, formatting, system crashes, virus attacks, or physical damage to storage media.
    2. Stop Writing: If the files are accidentally deleted or lost, it is crucial to stop writing any new data to the affected storage device immediately. This prevents overwriting the lost files, increasing the chances of recovery.
    3. Recovery Software: Use specialized file recovery software or tools to scan the storage device for traces of the lost or corrupted files. These tools can often recover deleted or lost files by searching for file signatures or metadata.
    4. Scan and Preview: The recovery software scans the storage device and presents a list of recoverable files. It may also provide a preview of the recoverable files to verify their integrity and content.
    5. Select and Recover: Once the recoverable files are identified, select the desired files for recovery and specify the location to save the restored files. It is recommended to save the recovered files to a different storage device to avoid potential data overwriting.
    6. Verification: After the recovery process, verify the recovered files to ensure they are intact and accessible. Open and check the recovered files for any errors or data corruption.

    It is important to note that the success of file recovery depends on various factors, such as the cause of data loss, the extent of damage, and the effectiveness of the recovery software. In some cases, file recovery may not be possible if the data is severely damaged or overwritten.

  • Are there any specific tools or software available for conducting ".RELS Recovery" efficiently?

    There are several tools and software available for conducting ".RELS Recovery" efficiently. Some popular options include:

    1. EnCase Forensic: It is a comprehensive digital forensic software that allows for efficient recovery and analysis of various file types, including .RELS files.
    2. AccessData FTK (Forensic Toolkit): This software provides powerful capabilities for data recovery, analysis, and reporting, including support for .RELS file recovery.
    3. X-Ways Forensics: This forensic software offers advanced features for data recovery and analysis, including support for .RELS files.
    4. Oxygen Forensic Detective: This tool specializes in mobile device forensics and can recover and analyze .RELS files from mobile devices.
    5. Autopsy: It is an open-source digital forensic platform that supports the recovery and analysis of various file types, including .RELS files.
    6. Magnet AXIOM: This digital investigation software provides comprehensive capabilities for data recovery and analysis, including support for .RELS file recovery.

    These tools offer various features and capabilities, so it is recommended to evaluate them based on your specific requirements before choosing one for conducting ".RELS Recovery" efficiently.

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