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

SFI File Recovery

What is a .SFI file?

An SFI file is an encrypted file created by SafeFolder, an application used to encrypt sensitive files. It contains a file secured with the SFI encryption format, which includes digital rights management (DRM) and identity management functionality.

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

There can be several common causes of ".SFI" file loss or failure, including:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".SFI" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer's storage.
  2. Software or hardware issues: Malfunctioning software or hardware components can lead to corruption or loss of ".SFI" files. This can include issues with the operating system, file system errors, or problems with storage devices.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and corrupt ".SFI" files, making them inaccessible or causing them to be deleted.
  4. Power outages or system crashes: Sudden power outages or system crashes while working with ".SFI" files can result in data loss or file corruption.
  5. File system formatting: Formatting a storage device without taking a backup can erase all data, including ".SFI" files.
  6. Improper file transfer: Interrupted or incomplete file transfers, such as during copying or moving ".SFI" files, can lead to data loss or file corruption.
  7. Human error: Mistakes made by users, such as accidental overwriting, improper handling of files, or incorrect file operations, can cause ".SFI" file loss.
  8. Physical damage: Physical damage to storage devices, such as hard drives or memory cards, can result in the loss of ".SFI" files stored on them.

It is always recommended to regularly backup important files, including ".SFI" files, to minimize the impact of data loss.

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

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

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

Looking for how to open a stereo safeFolder Encrypted File image file file?

Programs that open ".SFI" files

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Additional Information

  • File type: SafeFolder Encrypted File

  • File extension: .SFI

  • Developer: SafeSuite.com

  • 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 the different file formats associated with .SFI files?

    The .SFI file extension is commonly associated with the following file formats:

    1. Standard Flowgram Format (SFF): This is a binary file format used for storing DNA sequencing data.
    2. Symbian Signed Installer File: This file format is used by Symbian operating systems for installing signed applications on mobile devices.
    3. Sound Forge Impulse File: Sound Forge, a digital audio editing software, uses the .SFI format to save impulse responses generated by its Convolution Reverb effect.
    4. Smart Forms Interactive Form: .SFI is used as the file extension for interactive forms created with Smart Forms, a software tool for creating and managing electronic forms.

    It's worth noting that the file format associated with .SFI can vary depending on the context and the specific software or system being used.

  • How do I convert a .SFI file to a more common file format?

    To convert a .SFI file to a more common file format, you can follow these steps:

    1. Identify the type of file the .SFI file contains. .SFI is a generic extension and can be used for various types of files, such as image, audio, or video.
    2. Use a file viewer or editor that supports the file type you identified in step 1. For example, if it's an image file, you can use an image viewer or editor; if it's an audio file, you can use an audio player or editor.
    3. Open the file viewer or editor and navigate to the location of the .SFI file.
    4. Try opening the .SFI file directly in the viewer or editor. If it opens successfully, you can then save it in a different format using the "Save As" or "Export" option in the software. Choose a more common file format, such as .JPG or .PNG for images, .MP3 or .WAV for audio, or .MP4 or .AVI for videos.
    5. If the file doesn't open directly in the viewer or editor, you may need to convert it using specialized file conversion software. Search online for a file converter that supports the specific file type you identified in step 1.
    6. Download and install the file conversion software. Open the software and follow the instructions to convert the .SFI file to a more common format. The steps may vary depending on the software you choose, but generally, you will need to select the .SFI file as the input, choose the desired output format, and start the conversion process.
    7. Once the conversion is complete, you will have a file in the more common format. Verify that the converted file is accessible and usable in the appropriate software for that format.

    Remember, the ability to convert a .SFI file to a different format depends on the content and compatibility of the file. If the .SFI file is not a recognized or supported format, it may not be possible to convert it to a different format.

  • Are there any software applications specifically designed to open and manipulate .SFI formats?

    There doesn't appear to be any widely known software applications specifically designed to open and manipulate .SFI formats. The .SFI file extension is not commonly associated with any specific file type or format. It's possible that .SFI files are used by a specific software or organization, in which case you would need to consult the documentation or support resources provided by that software or organization to determine how to open and manipulate .SFI files.

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