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

SGM File Recovery

What is a .SGM file?

Saved state file created by VisualBoyAdvance, a Game Boy emulator; contains a snapshot of the game state, which can be saved at any time during gameplay; used for saving and loading in-game progress.

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

There are several common causes of ".SGM" (Standard Generalized Markup Language) file loss or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may unintentionally delete ".SGM" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer systems, leading to their loss.
  2. Software or hardware issues: Malfunctioning software or hardware can cause ".SGM" files to become corrupted or inaccessible. This can occur due to system crashes, power outages, or software conflicts.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: Infections from viruses or malware can damage or delete ".SGM" files, rendering them unusable.
  4. File system errors: Errors in the file system, such as bad sectors on the storage device or file system corruption, can result in the loss or failure of ".SGM" files.
  5. Improper file transfer: If ".SGM" files are not transferred correctly, such as interrupted downloads or incomplete file transfers, they may become corrupted or incomplete.
  6. Formatting or reinstallation: Formatting a storage device or reinstalling the operating system without proper backup can lead to the loss of ".SGM" files.
  7. Human error: Human mistakes, such as accidental formatting of the wrong drive or improper handling of storage devices, can cause ".SGM" file loss.

It is essential to regularly backup ".SGM" files and maintain up-to-date antivirus software to minimize the risk of file loss or failure.

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

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

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

Looking for how to open a stereo visualBoyAdvance Saved Game image file file?

Programs that open ".SGM" files

VisualBoyAdvance VisualBoyAdvance

Additional Information

  • File type: VisualBoyAdvance Saved Game

  • File extension: .SGM

  • Developer: VisualBoyAdvance

  • Category: Game Files

  • Format: Binary

  • File types that use the extension .SGM:

    • VisualBoyAdvance Saved Game

    • SGML File

    • Starpoint Gemini 2 Mod Package


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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 does the file extension ".SGM" stand for, and what is its purpose?

    The file extension ".SGM" stands for Standard Generalized Markup Language. It is an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for defining structured documents. SGM files are typically used for creating and storing structured documents that can be easily processed and shared across different platforms and applications. SGM is based on the Generalized Markup Language (GML) and is commonly used in industries such as publishing, aerospace, and defense for creating technical documentation and specifications.

  • How can I open a .SGM file on my computer? Are there any specific software or tools required?

    To open a .SGM (Standard Generalized Markup) file on your computer, you will need a text editor or an XML editor. Here are a few options:

    1. Notepad or TextEdit: These built-in text editors on Windows and Mac, respectively, can open .SGM files. However, they might not provide specialized features for working with XML files.
    2. XML editors: Specialized XML editors like Oxygen XML Editor, XMLSpy, or Altova XML Editor offer advanced features for working with XML files, including syntax highlighting, validation, and formatting.
    3. Web browsers: You can also try opening the .SGM file in a web browser like Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Browsers can display XML files, but they may not provide advanced editing capabilities.

    When opening the .SGM file, ensure that you have the necessary software installed and then simply double-click on the file or right-click and choose "Open with" to select the appropriate program.

  • Are there any potential compatibility issues when trying to open a .SGM file on different operating systems or devices?

    Yes, there can be potential compatibility issues when trying to open a .SGM (Standard Generalized Markup) file on different operating systems or devices.

    The compatibility of .SGM files depends on the software or application used to open them. If the software or application is not available or compatible with a particular operating system or device, it may not be possible to open the .SGM file.

    Additionally, .SGM files are typically XML-based and require specific software or applications that can interpret and display the structured information encoded within the file. If the operating system or device does not have the necessary software or application to handle .SGM files, it may not be possible to open them properly.

    To ensure compatibility, it is recommended to use software or applications that are designed to handle .SGM files and are compatible with the specific operating system or device you are using.

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