VMware Virtual Machine Data Recovery Steps

Abby Haines updated on May 31, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a reliable VMware data recovery software tool. It can guide you to recover lost or deleted VMware data in a super easy way. It also supports the data recovery on local hard drives, external hard drives, USB flash drives, and other conventional storage devices.

Is VMware data recovery really difficult

There are various cases of severe data loss from all system installed with VMware virtual application with .vmdk extension. However, unfortunately VMware doesn't provide a built-in undelete function. This fact makes VMware data recovery quite difficult for users.

But is it really the case? Actually, there are other options that can help you recover lost files from VMware Virtual Machine with no efforts. You can either try a data recovery software which offers VMware data recovery functionality or immediately contact a data recovery company depending on the importance of the data. Here we prefer the former.

Important Note: NEVER get the datastore modified in any way to prevent overwriting data before a full VMware data recovery!

Why we prefer VMware data recovery software

Compared with a data recovery company, a VMware data recovery application is more cost-effective. We recommend EaseUS hard drive data recovery software to be your first choice. It can search for all the lost and deleted data including the office files, database files, image, audio and video files, backup and archive files and then employs its special recovery algorithm to fetch every piece of lost data from the system. That is how the program works to perform VMware data recovery.

Recover lost or deleted data from VMware Virtual Machine

With a wizard-like interface, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can guide you to recover VMware data in a super easy way. Now you can download it and try the following guide.

Note: Please install this data recovery software on your VMware Virtual Machine and run it with the steps below to restore lost data.

Step 1. Select a location to start finding data

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, please select a location where you lose your data and start to scan, like Desktop, Libraries, hard drive, external storage devices or lost partitions.

select the device

Step 2. Scan your partition

Click the "Scan" button and the software begins to scan your partition to find as much lost data as possible.

the software will scan the drive to find all of your data

Tips for finding wanted data

  • Extra Files: find files that lost names or paths
  • Filter: a quick way to your wanted files
  • Search: e.g. file name/file extension

Step 3. Preview and recover lost files

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard allows you to preview specific recoverable files. After the preview or file filtering, you can target the tracked files and press the "Recover" button to get everything you want back. 

recover wanted data from your devices

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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