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Details of extension .hds

On this page, we're going to take a closer look at the .hds file extension.

We'll explain what exactly a .hds file format is and how you can use it. If you're interested in learning more details about this type of file, we'll show you where to find them. And if you ever need to convert .hds files into different formats, we'll give you some tips on how to do that too.

Let's see the 3 file formats associated with this file extension!


  1. Microsoft PlayReady HDS Data
  2. Parallels Desktop Hard Disk Image
  3. XMap Hierarchical Dataset

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Microsoft PlayReady HDS Data

hds file - Microsoft PlayReady HDS Data
The HDS file belongs to the Data category and works with Wndows Media Player, being used as a Microsoft PlayReady HDS Data. PlayReady is a Digital Rights Management (DRM) from Microsoft for portable devices. The developer is still actively supporting the Wndows Media Player, likely. Our data shows that Wndows Media Player uses 2 more file types.
Application: Wndows Media Player
Program name: -
Category: Data files
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Related extensions:
.pya Microsoft PlayReady Audio
.pyv Microsoft PlayReady Video

Parallels Desktop Hard Disk Image

hds file - Parallels Desktop Hard Disk Image
The HDS file belongs to the Disk Image category and works with Parallels Desktop, being used as a Parallels Desktop Hard Disk Image. Parallels Desktop is a software solution for creating and running virtual machines inside a virtual environment on a host computer. The developer is still actively supporting the Parallels Desktop, likely. Our data shows that Parallels Desktop uses 13 more file types.
Application: Parallels Desktop
Program name: -
Category: Disk Image files
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Related extensions:
.pvmp Parallels Desktop Virtual Machine Archive
.pvm Parallels Desktop Machine Bundle
.pvi Parallels Desktop Machine Info
.pvc Parallels Desktop Copied Configuration

XMap Hierarchical Dataset

hds file - XMap Hierarchical Dataset
The HDS file belongs to the GIS category and works with XMap GIS, being used as an XMap Hierarchical Dataset. XMap is a three-tiered GIS and GPS platform that addresses key functional levels within an organization’s GIS infrastructure. The developer is still actively supporting the XMap GIS, likely. Our data shows that XMap GIS uses 8 more file types.
Application: XMap GIS
Program name: -
Category: GIS files
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Related extensions:
.adc XMap Output Data
.afl XMap AFL Data
.irv XMap GIS Image Data
.fndr XMap for Mac Data

The .hds file extension might not only belong to a single type of file, there could be various kinds that use it. Keep in mind that files with the .hds extension may contain various content types. If you have helpful information about this extension, write to us!

Could someone have spelled the .hds file extension wrong?

In our database, we came across the following similar extensions:

.hvs Cubicon Cubicreator G-Code
.hfs MacImage HFS Disk Image
.ds Dynamics Solver Problem Definition
.hs Haskell Source
.hsd Highway Pursuit Game Data
.bds Cadcorp SIS Base Dataset

The .hds extension is frequently misused

People sometimes confuse the .hds filename extension. Based on the searches on our site, here are the most common misspellings from the past year.

hws (1), hfs (1), ds (1), hs (1), hss (1), bds (1), hdc (1), hde (1), mds (1), gds (1)

Having trouble opening a .hds file?

If you want to open a .hds file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. Incorrect settings for the .hds association can trigger this error.

Windows can't open this file:

File: example.hds

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To change file associations:

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.
  • In the Open With dialog box, click the program with which you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2016/2019/2022, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux, Mac OS X, macOS, iOS, Android