File Extension Library

.HDS File Extension

  • Developer by: Parallels
  • Category: Disk Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What are .HDS files and how to open them?

Can't open .HDS file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .HDS file.

What is a .HDS file extension?

.HDS file extension is created by Parallels. .HDS has been classified as Disk Image Files. The format of .HDS file is Binary.

.HDS is Parallels Desktop Hard Disk File

An HDS file is a partial or whole hard disk created by Parallels Desktop virtualization software. It stores the contents of a virtual machine's hard drive and is mounted by Parallels when the VM is opened. HDS files may be one of multiple HDS files that comprise the total hard drive.

HDS files are located within a .HDD hard drive file, which itself is saved inside the .PVM VM file. To view the files within an HDS file, you must mount its enclosing HDD file with Parallels Mounter, a program included with Parallels Desktop. You can accomplish this by following these instructions:

  • Open the associated PVM file by right-clicking it and choosing "Show Package Contents."
  • Locate the main HDD file for the VM (has the same filename previx as the PVM file).
  • Right-click the HDD file and choose Open With → Parallels
  • If you do not see Parallels in the list of programs to open the HDD file with, you can find it located in the /Library/Parallels/ directory on your hard drive.

    List of all softwares that can open the Parallels Desktop Hard Disk File
    Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac
    File Type 2:

    Microsoft PlayReady Data File

    Developer by: Microsoft Category: Data Files Format: Binary

    File used by Microsoft PlayReady, a Digital Rights Management (DRM) program used for streaming online video; named mspr.hds (Microsoft PlayReady HDS file) and stored in the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\PlayReady\ directory in Windows or /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/PlayReady/ in Mac OS X.

    HDS files are most commonly encountered when upgrading Microsoft Silverlight software, which can cause Netflix streaming to malfunction. Many users have successfully fixed this issue by shutting down all programs, deleting mspr.hds or renaming it to mspr.hds.bak, and then restarting Netflix. Upon restart, Netflix will create a new copy of the mspr.hds file, which fixes the streaming problem.

    List of all softwares that can open the Microsoft PlayReady Data File
    Microsoft PlayReady

    How to fix problems with .HDS files

    1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .HDS files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .HDS file format
    2. You need to check the .HDS file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)