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How to Recover Data from VMware Disk [2023 Updated Guide]

The problem of VMware data recovery and the VMware disk file not found problem occasionally bothers many users. This article describes three ways to recover data from a VMware disk to reduce the losses of a VMware disk file.

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As an emulator of a computer system, a virtual machine (VM) is based on computer architectures that offer all the features available on a physical computer. VMware is so widely used that issues like "VMware disk file not found" and " VMware data recovery" always emerge. Users wanted to recover data from the VMware disk in safety.

After learning the entire article, you'll understand how to recover data from VMware disk.

Main Reasons for the VMware Disk File Not Found

Like other programs, virtual machine disc files are vulnerable; thus if a user runs into the issue "VMware Disk File Not Found", hard disk data recovery should be their first concern. The most frequent reasons for VMware file loss are listed below.

Failed to start the VMware

If the virtual machine lost power, the VMware would fail to start and display the error message "Error during powering on: Failed to start the virtual machine". After restarting the VMware, you may lose your files in the VMware.

Failed to Start the VMware

Power on a VMware failed

When the VMware Authorization service is not operating or when the service lacks Administrator rights, you will see the error:
The VMware Authorization Service is not running. Then you may find that you cannot access their data and files on the VMware disk.

VMware Power Error

A hardware failure has occurred

A hardware failure means a fault with a computer system's electrical circuitry or mechanical parts such as disks and tapes. Like other files, the VMware files are easy to lose when a hardware failure occurs.

VMware Data Recovery via Software: Recover VMware File(s)

A few VMware files will be created using VMware and kept on the local hard disk. As a result, the damaged and missing VMware files will lose the information on the virtual hard drive. So, you may be eager to get the VMware file back.

You can utilize EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover data from VMware.

EaseUS VMware Data Recovery Software

  • Recover lost or deleted files, including VMware files, pictures, music, and emails effectively
  • Recover files from formatted hard drives, emptied Recycle Bins, memory sticks, flash drives, hard drives, and VMware disks,
  • Support data recovery for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive failures, power errors, and system crash.

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First, you should acquire EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Then, install it on the PC and follow the steps below.

Please don't save it to the partition that stores the deleted VMware files, or the software would occupy the partition and you will failed to recover the VMware files.

Step 1. Select a drive to scan

To start recovering DiskPart deleted files, you must determine where the files were kept before deletion. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will list all the loaded drives on your PC, so it's for you to select the correct drive to scan. Hover the mouse pointer to the drive and click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Check for scanned results

After the scan process, select the "Deleted Files" and "Other Lost Files" folders in the left panel. Then, click "Filter" to display only the specified file types, such as pictures, videos, Word documents, PDF files, etc.

filter wanted files

Step 3. Preview and recover

Once located the desired files that were deleted by DiskPart, you can double-click the files one by one for preview, or use the "Preview" button to check its integrity. At last, click "Recover". You shall choose a different drive to save the recovered files to avoid data overwriting.

recover diskpart deleted files

VMware Data Recovery: Recover Missing VMware Partitions

In some circumstances, a VMware file you are about to recover could be damaged because no disk volumes are visible. Use EaseUS Partition Recovery to search the mounted for deleted partitions and recover lost partition.

As soon as EaseUS Partition Recovery locates and recovers the missing partitions, they are promptly shown in the Disk Explorer window, where you may launch them for further VMware Partitions recovery.

VMDK Partitions

Follow the steps below to recover lost partitions containing VMware files.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Partition Recovery on your PC.

Select the disk or device where you lost partition(s), click "Scan" to continue.

Select disk to scan lost partition

Step 2. Wait for the scanning process to complete.

Let the program scan the selected disk and find the lost partition(s).

Scan lost partition

Step 3. Preview and restore the lost partition(s).

Double-click on the partition which is marked as "Lost" with "Good" recoverability.

Preview lost partition

Preview the content of the lost partition. Click "OK" and click "Proceed" to start restoring the lost partition.

Select found partition to restore

Step 4. Click "Recover Now" to finish the partition recovery process.

Note: If the program warns you that there is a conflict, back up the listed partition with essential data to an external hard drive first. Then execute the final operation to restore your lost partition.

Finish partition recovery

By examining the drive letter, capacity, and other details, you can verify which partition comprises VMware files. If you're still having trouble figuring the partition out, check it in Windows Explorer or Disk Management.

How to Recover Data from VMware Disk Manually

Besides the two methods above, here's how to recover data from VMware manually, which is suitable for experienced users.

Step 1. Press Windows + R, open the "Run" box and type CMD to launch the command line.

Windows R CMD

Step 2. Then browse the local installation of the VMware Development Kit.

VMware Development Kit

Step 3. Then choose the path: Virtual Disc Development Kit - Bin - C: Program Files - VMware - Virtual Disc Development Kit

Step 4. Put the VMware-vsdiskmanager.exe into the command prompt.

Step 5. Enter the code.

VMware Data Recovery FAQs

Here are 4 additional questions and answers to help you know more about VMware data recovery.

1. What are VMware files?

The VMware files are the virtual disk image files, whose format is VDMK, a file format used by VMWare and other virtual machines to represent carriers for storing information on virtual hard disks.

2. Why is the VMDK file corrupted?

Among the most common reasons are following:

  • There has been a viral outbreak.
  • There has been a hardware malfunction.
  • Software corruption
  • Errors committed by users.
  • The guest operating system was improperly shut down.

3. How do I recover a VMware from a snapshot?

  • Step 1. Select by the path: Virtual Machine - Snapshots.
  • Step 2. Choose the snapshot you want to restore.
  • Step 3. Before restoring the virtual machine to the chosen snapshot state, click Save to save a snapshot, or just do not save a snapshot

4. How to save recovered data from VMware?

Select a location for the recovered data and files to be kept in the 'File Saving' window. You can choose to save files on CDs or DVDs, create virtual ISO images, or save them to the web using an FTP server.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors and data recovery specialists of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is mainly good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization of RAID 0, 5, and 10.

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Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time.

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