How to Recover Deleted TOD Files on Windows?

Learn to recover deleted TOD files on Windows/Mac with the corresponding solutions in this article. Besides, there’s a practical data loss prevention measure for your reference.


By Penny / Updated on April 3, 2024

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What is a TOD video file?

TOD represents a file-centric format designed to house information within the realms of random-access media. Every file bears a consecutive designation, culminating in a triad of hexadecimal characters as its denouement. And this established practice enforces a constraint, capping the upper echelon of permissible files at a count of 4096.

MPEG-2 Video compression takes center stage within the annals of TOD files, entwining its algorithms to bestow efficient elegance upon this digital tapestry.

Within its versatile embrace, both the 4:3 and the panoramic 16:9 dance of visual narratives are etched.


Birthed from the crucible of ISO/IEC 13818, the MPEG-2 standard stands as a cornerstone, a chronicle of the symphonic marriage between lossy audio and video compression technology and the exigencies of media’s ephemeral sojourn, leveraging the ephemeral troves of resources at our disposal.

Predominantly finding its purpose within the realm of tapeless video camcorders, the TOD format stands as a stalwart. It shares its stage with a kindred format known as MOD, which gracefully accommodates files in the embrace of standard definition.

How to recover deleted TOD files without backups?

In some cases, TOD videos are essential to partial users. After permanent deletion, those users without backups might be eager to recover deleted TOD files.


So are you bothered by how to recover TOD files without file backups? If it happens to be your case, using powerful video recovery software can be the most efficient approach.

Designed to recover deleted and missing videos (TOD, Mp3, Mp4, MOV, AVI, RMVB, MKV, WMV, ASF, 3G2/3GP, TS, etc.) from computer hard drives and other local drives, leading MyRecover saves users from necessary backups and offers them a better video recovery rate.   

  • For a higher data recovery rate, please stop loading new files to your storage device to prevent data coverage after data loss.
  • After video recovery, please save your retrieved TOD videos in another path.
  • To recover large or more deleted/missing videos from local hard drives, upgrading MyRecover is a better and more cost-effective choice.
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Step 1. Install and run MyRecover on your Windows > hover the mouse over the local disk C drive > click Scan.


Step 2. MyRecover will automatically run Quick and Deep Scan to scan your selected C drive and display all the recoverable files.

You can preview or filter your wanted TOD videos according to Document Type, Name, Path, Size, Date, etc.

  • Name: Type the filenames of your desired files to narrow the search area.
  • Date modified: Set the date (today, yesterday, last 7/30 days, etc.)
  • Size: Filter the file size (<128KB, 128KB~1MB, 1MB~ 512MB, etc.)


Step 3. Under the Recycle Bin folder, locate the TOD files you intend to retrieve > click Recover x files.


Another two options to recover deleted TOD files

Besides, you can also refer to the following two options to recover accidentally, recently, or permanently deleted TOD videos according to the computer OS and deletion method.

Plan A. Restore accidentally/recently deleted TOD files from temporary storage places

As the title suggests, this way aims to restore accidentally or recently deleted TOD files.

For Windows:

» Open your desktop Recycle Bin > type “tod” in the search bar to quickly locate your deleted TOD videos > right-click on one TOD file > Restore it to its original location.


For Mac:

» Open your Mac Trash > right-click on one deleted TOD video you intend to restore> choose Put Back.


Plan B. Restore permanently deleted TOD files from backups

But how to retrieve permanently deleted videos from computers? Apart from third-party tools, partial users who’ve taken the foresighted step of creating backups can seamlessly reinstate their needed TOD videos from these prepared backups.

For Windows:

Windows offers several backup features to prevent unexpected data loss.

Let’s show how to restore permanently deleted TOD videos from backups made by File History because this backup feature enables you to restore deleted, missing, or damaged files after turning on File History.   

File History can back up files in Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, Desktop folders, and offline OneDrive files saved on your Windows.
Win8 and above users are allowed to store backups created by File History on external hard drives or cloud drives as you prefer.
It’s possible for you to recover overwritten Word, Excel, or TOD files with an activated File History.

Step 1. Enter “System and Security” in the search bar to open Control Panel > select System and Security.


Step 2. Under the File History tab, select the “Restore your files with File History” option.


Step 3. Click the “Restore personal files” button.


Step 4. Restore” your chosen TOD file to its previously saved path.


If you want to save your recovered TOD video in another path, right-click on Restore > select Restore to.

For Mac:

Apple also introduces safeguarding measures like Time Machine, a feature designed to mitigate the risk of data loss at its very origin. After enabling this feature, Time Machine can create hourly, daily, or weekly backups according to your situation.

Step 1. Open the window where you lost TOD videos.

Step 2. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock, find Time Machine, and click Enter Time Machine.


Step 3. Use the up and down arrows to locate the TOD file you want to restore.


Step 4. Restore” your desired TOD videos to their previous location.


How do I open a TOD file?

When it comes to opening TOD files, Windows users can employ Windows Movies & TV, Media Player, CyberLink PowerDirector 365, CyberLink PowerDVD 21, MAGIX VEGAS Pro 18, Nero 2022, VideoLAN VLC media player, etc. to open TOD videos.

Please refer to the following clicks to open TOD videos on Windows 10 if needed.

» Press Win + E to open File Explorer > click Downloads > right-click on your downloaded TOD video > select Open with > Movies & TV.


For Mac OS, Apple iMovie 10, Squared 5 MPEG Streamclip, and VideoLAN VLC media player also can help you.

Related suggestions

What is a TOD video file? How to recover deleted TOD files? Please find the respective answers from the above content.

Moreover, there’s a most practical data loss prevention measure for you: making regular backups.

If you prefer more flexible features and simpler operating steps during the backup and restoration process, this freeware AOMEI Backupper Standard is a pretty good choice.

  • This free Windows backup software is good at backing up files, folders, partitions, disks, or systems and provides daily incremental backups and scheduling backups.
  • You can save your backups to your internal/external hard drives, USB drives, networks, or cloud drives.
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Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Standard on your Windows > select Backup > File Backup.


Step 2. Add “Add Folder/Add File” to select the folder or TOD files you want to back up.


Step 3. Set “Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers or USB plug in” backup options under the Schedule Backups option.


Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.