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

SFT File Recovery

What is a .SFT file?

File used by Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Sequencer, a program used for deploying and updating applications within a Windows Enterprise environment; contains data required to deploy and configure a virtual application; used by system administrators when configuring virtual desktops for users.

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

There are several common causes for ".SFT" (Microsoft Application Virtualization Sequencer File) files lost or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".SFT" files while cleaning up their computer or organizing files, leading to their loss.
  2. File system corruption: File system corruption can occur due to various reasons such as power outages, hardware failures, or software errors. This corruption can result in the loss or failure of ".SFT" files.
  3. Virus or malware infection: Viruses or malware can infect and damage files on a computer, including ".SFT" files. This can lead to their loss or failure.
  4. Software conflicts: Conflicts between different software applications or incompatible software versions can cause issues with ".SFT" files, resulting in their loss or failure.
  5. Hardware failure: Hardware failures, such as a hard drive crash or failure, can lead to the loss of ".SFT" files stored on the affected hardware.
  6. Improper shutdown: If a computer is improperly shut down or experiences a sudden power loss while ".SFT" files are being accessed or modified, it can result in their loss or failure.
  7. Software bugs or glitches: Software bugs or glitches in applications that use ".SFT" files can cause issues, leading to their loss or failure.
  8. Human error: Human error, such as accidental formatting of a storage device or improper handling of files, can result in the loss of ".SFT" files.

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

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

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

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

Looking for how to open a stereo microsoft App-V Sequencer File image file file?

Programs that open ".SFT" files

Microsoft App-V Sequencer Microsoft App-V Sequencer

Additional Information

  • File type: Microsoft App-V Sequencer File

  • File extension: .SFT

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Misc Files

  • Format: Binary

  • HEX: 53 4D 46 46



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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 file extension .SFT typically used for, and what does it stand for?

    The file extension .SFT is typically used for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) files. It stands for "System Font Table." These files contain font data used by virtualized applications in the App-V environment. The fonts are packaged and streamed to the application when needed, allowing applications to be run without actually installing them on the local system.

  • How can I open a .SFT file on my computer? Are there any specific software programs required?

    To open a .SFT (Microsoft SoftGrid App-V Sequencer File) file on your computer, you will need specific software programs. The .SFT file is associated with Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) and is used for sequencing and deploying virtualized applications.

    To open a .SFT file, you will need the following:

    1. Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V): This software allows you to create, manage, and deploy virtualized applications. You can download it from the Microsoft website or through the Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
    2. Microsoft App-V Sequencer: This component of App-V is used to create the .SFT files. It is included in the App-V package and needs to be installed on your computer.

    Once you have installed the necessary software, you can open the .SFT file by following these steps:

    1. Launch the Microsoft App-V Sequencer software.
    2. Go to the "File" menu and select "Open Package" or "Open Sequencer Package."
    3. Browse to the location where the .SFT file is stored and select it.
    4. Click "Open" to open the .SFT file in the App-V Sequencer.

    From there, you can view and manage the virtualized application contained within the .SFT file using the App-V Sequencer.

    Note: It's important to remember that .SFT files are specifically designed for use with Microsoft App-V and cannot be opened by other software programs without conversion or compatibility tools.

  • Are there any alternative file formats that can be converted to .SFT, or any tools available to convert a .SFT file to a different format?

    The .SFT file format is primarily associated with the Microsoft App-V (Application Virtualization) platform. It is used to package and deploy virtualized applications.

    As such, there are no alternative file formats specifically designed to be converted to .SFT. The .SFT file contains various components and metadata specific to the App-V platform, making it difficult to convert from other formats.

    However, if you have an .SFT file and need to extract its contents or convert it to a different format, you can use the Microsoft App-V Sequencer tool. The Sequencer tool allows you to open an .SFT file, edit its contents, and export it to other formats like .MSI (Windows Installer Package) or .APPX (Windows App Package).

    Keep in mind that the conversion process may not be straightforward, as the .SFT file format is tailored for application virtualization.

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