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File Type 1Parallels Desktop Hard Disk File

DeveloperParallels
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CategoryDisk Image Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

Partial or whole hard disk created by Parallels Desktop virtualization software; stores the contents of a virtual machine's hard drive and is mounted by Parallels when the VM is opened; can be one of multiple HDS files that comprise the total hard drive; located within a .HDD hard drive file, which itself is saved inside the .PVM VM file.

More Information

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:

  1. Open the associated PVM file by right-clicking it and choosing "Show Package Contents."
  2. Locate the main HDD file for the VM (has the same filename previx as the PVM file).
  3. Right-click the HDD file and choose Open With → Parallels Mounter.app.

If you do not see Parallels Mounter.app 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.

Programs that open HDS files
Mac OS X LogoMac
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac
Updated 5/9/2012

File Type 2Microsoft PlayReady Data File

DeveloperMicrosoft
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CategoryData Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

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.

More Information

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.

Programs that open HDS files
Updated 5/9/2012