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

UIF File Recovery

What is a .UIF file?

Compressed disc image format created by MagicISO, a program for creating, editing, and extracting disc image files; can be encrypted and password-protected; also supports backing up multi-session CD/DVD, Audio-CD, VCD, SVCD, and DVD-Video formats.

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

There are several common causes of ".UIF" file loss or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".UIF" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer.
  2. File system corruption: File system corruption can occur due to various reasons such as improper system shutdown, hardware failure, or virus/malware infection. This can lead to the loss or corruption of ".UIF" files.
  3. Software conflicts: Incompatibility or conflicts between software programs can sometimes result in the loss or corruption of ".UIF" files.
  4. Disk errors: Physical errors on the storage media, such as bad sectors on the hard drive, can cause ".UIF" files to become inaccessible or lost.
  5. Formatting or reformatting: Formatting a storage device without proper backup can result in the loss of all data, including ".UIF" files.
  6. Power outages: Sudden power outages or voltage fluctuations while working with ".UIF" files can lead to data loss or corruption.
  7. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and corrupt ".UIF" files, making them unusable or inaccessible.
  8. Human error: Mistakes made by users, such as accidental overwriting or improper handling of ".UIF" files, can result in their loss or failure.

It is important to regularly backup ".UIF" files to avoid permanent loss and to use reliable data recovery software or services in case of any file loss or failure.

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

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

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

Looking for how to open a stereo universal Image Format Disc Image image file file?

Programs that open ".UIF" files

MagicISO MagicISO
PowerISO PowerISO
UIF2ISO for Mac UIF2ISO for Mac

Additional Information

  • File type: Universal Image Format Disc Image

  • File extension: .UIF

  • Developer: MagicISO

  • Category: Disk Image 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 is a .UIF format and what is its purpose?

    The .UIF format stands for Universal Image Format. It is a proprietary disk image file format developed by MagicISO, a software company. The purpose of the .UIF format is to compress and store the contents of a CD or DVD, including the file system, boot sector, and all the data.

    UIF files are primarily used for creating and managing disk images, allowing users to save multiple files and folders in a single compressed file. This format supports various compression algorithms, password protection, and encryption. UIF files can be mounted as virtual CD/DVD drives using specific software, enabling users to access their contents without the need for physical media.

  • How can I convert a file from .UIF format to a more commonly used format?

    To convert a file from .UIF (Universal Image Format) to a more commonly used format, you can follow these steps:

    1. Use a UIF to ISO converter: UIF files are often converted to ISO format first, as it is a more widely supported format. Search for a UIF to ISO converter online and download/install it on your computer.
    2. Convert UIF to ISO: Open the UIF to ISO converter software and select the UIF file you want to convert. Choose the destination folder where the converted ISO file will be saved. Start the conversion process and wait for it to complete.
    3. Convert ISO to desired format: Once you have the ISO file, you can convert it to a commonly used format like .ZIP, .RAR, or .ISO (for disc image files). There are various tools available to convert ISO files, such as 7-Zip, WinRAR, or PowerISO.
    • For converting to .ZIP: Open the ISO file with a program like 7-Zip or WinRAR, and then extract the contents to a new folder. Right-click on the folder and select "Send to" > "Compressed (zipped) folder" to create a .ZIP file.
    • For converting to .RAR: Similar to .ZIP, open the ISO file with a program like WinRAR, extract the contents to a new folder, and then right-click on the folder and select "Add to archive" to create a .RAR file.
    • For converting to .ISO: If you want to convert the ISO file to another disc image format, you can use a program like PowerISO. Open PowerISO, go to "File" > "Open" and select the ISO file. Then choose "File" > "Save as" and select the desired format (e.g., .ISO) for the output file.

    Remember to always respect copyright laws and only convert files that you have the legal right to convert.

  • Are there any specific software applications or tools that are required to open and view files in .UIF format?

    Yes, there are specific software applications or tools that can open and view files in .UIF (Universal Image Format) format. One popular tool is MagicISO, which is capable of mounting, converting, and extracting UIF files. Another option is UIF2ISO, a small and simple utility that converts UIF files to the more common ISO format, which can then be opened using various disc image mounting software like Daemon Tools or PowerISO. Additionally, some virtual disk drive software, such as UltraISO or Alcohol 120%, also support opening and viewing UIF files.

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