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

TRC File Recovery

What is a .TRC file?

File created by SQL Server Profiler, which is included with SQL Server software; contains trace results of the activity of a SQL database; can be used to analyze a sequence of database statements.

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

There can be several common causes of ".TRC" file loss or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".TRC" files while trying to delete other unnecessary files.
  2. Software or hardware issues: Issues with the software or hardware used to create, open, or save ".TRC" files can lead to their loss or failure. This can include software crashes, power outages, or hardware failures.
  3. File system corruption: Corruption of the file system where the ".TRC" files are stored can result in their loss or failure. This can occur due to viruses, improper system shutdowns, or disk errors.
  4. Formatting or reinstallation: Formatting a storage device or reinstalling the operating system without backing up ".TRC" files can cause their loss.
  5. User error: User error, such as accidentally overwriting or renaming ".TRC" files, can lead to their loss or failure.
  6. File transfer issues: Problems during file transfer, such as interrupted downloads or network issues, can result in ".TRC" file loss or failure.
  7. Malware or virus attacks: Malicious software or viruses can infect and corrupt ".TRC" files, making them inaccessible or causing their loss.
  8. Storage media failure: Failure of the storage media where ".TRC" files are stored, such as a hard drive or memory card, can lead to their loss or failure.
  9. Incompatible software or file format: Using incompatible software to open or edit ".TRC" files or saving them in an unsupported file format can result in their failure or loss.

It is always recommended to regularly backup important files, including ".TRC" files, to prevent data loss in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

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

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

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

Looking for how to open a stereo sQL Server Trace File image file file?

Programs that open ".TRC" files

Microsoft SQL Server Profiler Microsoft SQL Server Profiler

Additional Information

  • File type: SQL Server Trace File

  • File extension: .TRC

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Database Files

  • Format: N/A

  • File types that use the extension .TRC:

    • SQL Server Trace File

    • Oracle Trace File


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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 a ".TRC backup" file and how is it created?

    A ".TRC backup" file is a type of backup file created by the SQL Server Profiler tool in Microsoft SQL Server. TRC stands for Trace, which refers to the capturing of events and activities happening in the SQL Server database.

    SQL Server Profiler allows users to capture and analyze database activities, such as queries, stored procedures, and other events. The profiler captures these events in real-time and saves them in a ".TRC backup" file, which can be later used for analysis, troubleshooting, or auditing purposes.

    To create a ".TRC backup" file, you need to follow these steps:

    1. Open SQL Server Profiler: Launch the SQL Server Profiler tool, which is usually available as part of the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) or can be installed separately.
    2. Connect to the SQL Server: Connect to the SQL Server instance that you want to trace and capture events from.
    3. Create a new trace: In SQL Server Profiler, click on "File" and select "New Trace" to create a new trace. You can also use existing trace templates or customize the trace settings as per your requirements.
    4. Select events to capture: Choose the specific events you want to capture, such as SQL queries, stored procedures, errors, or any other relevant activities. You can also set filters to narrow down the events based on specific criteria.
    5. Start the trace: Click on the "Run" button or press F5 to start the trace. SQL Server Profiler will start capturing the selected events in real-time.
    6. Stop and save the trace: After capturing the desired events, click on the "Stop" button or press Shift+F5 to stop the trace. SQL Server Profiler will prompt you to save the captured events as a ".TRC backup" file.

    By saving the trace as a ".TRC backup" file, you can later open it in SQL Server Profiler or use other tools like SQL Server Management Studio to analyze and interpret the captured events.

  • How can I restore a ".TRC backup" file to recover lost data?

    To restore a ".TRC backup" file and recover lost data, you can follow these general steps:

    1. Identify the software or application that created the ".TRC backup" file. ".TRC" is not a standard backup file extension, so it could be specific to a particular software or system.
    2. Install or open the software or application that created the backup file. Ensure that it is the same version or compatible with the backup file.
    3. Look for an option or feature within the software that allows you to restore or recover data from a backup file. This option might be labeled as "Restore," "Recover," or "Import."
    4. Select the ".TRC backup" file you want to restore from the file explorer or by browsing through the software's restore options.
    5. Follow the prompts or instructions provided by the software to complete the restore process. This may involve selecting the specific data or files you want to recover and choosing a location to restore them.
    6. Once the restore process is complete, verify that the recovered data is accessible and intact within the software or application.

    Note: If you are unsure about the software or application associated with the ".TRC backup" file, you may need to consult the documentation or support resources for that software or seek assistance from the software's vendor or support team.

  • Are there any specific software or tools required to open and access the contents of a ".TRC backup" file?

    A ".TRC backup" file typically refers to a backup file created by Oracle SQL*Plus, a command-line interface for Oracle Database. To open and access the contents of a ".TRC backup" file, you would need Oracle SQL*Plus or a compatible tool.

    Oracle SQL*Plus is often included with the Oracle Database installation. You can launch SQL*Plus and use the "START" command to execute the ".TRC backup" file. Here's an example:


    SQL> START path/to/backup.trc


    Alternatively, you can use Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) to restore and access the contents of a ".TRC backup" file. RMAN is a comprehensive backup and recovery tool provided by Oracle.

    It's important to note that ".TRC backup" files are specific to Oracle Database and cannot be opened with general-purpose file viewers or editors.

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