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What is an MP file? How to recover them?

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Over the years, different programs have come up with different file types and extensions. As programs get more specific in terms of functionality and features, different file types associated with different programs keep showing up from time to time. 

In this article, we’re talking about what is an MP file, what it does, how is it used and how you can recover them in case they get corrupted or deleted. 

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MP files explained

First up, there are different programs that use MP files. That said, even though the extension is the same, the files can be entirely different from each other. Two pieces of software that use MP files are MetaPost and Maya.

MP files in Maya

The MP file extension in Maya represents Maya PLE Project files. Here PLE stands for Personal Learning Edition which is essentially a free version of the paid software. Maya itself is a popular 3D modelling software developed by Autodesk and is often used in architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media and VFX. 

Autodesk Maya is a popular 3D modelling software. | Source: Autodesk

MP files in MetaPost

MetaPost is a graphics-based programming language that is used to create pictures in Encapsulated PostScript (.EPS) and LaTeX documents (represented by .TEX and .LTX files). 

It’s often used to draw diagrams in technical documents and academic journal papers. Since MetaPost also supports the automatic generation of formatted images it’s also commonly used for graphing data results as illustrations and figures in research papers. 

Recovering MP files

Truth be told, recovering MP files isn’t any different from recovering any other type of file. Once deleted, you can recover files using third-party data recovery software such as Recuva or EaseUS File Recovery

Recuva is one of the most popular free file recovery programs.

These software essentially scan your hard drive for memory fragments that resemble the kind of file you’re looking for and then put them together to assemble the deleted file. Once deleted, there’s no guarantee whether or not the file can be recovered but usually if it’s not been too long since the deletion and the data register hasn’t been overwritten far too many times, there’s a good chance that the file can be recovered. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: