How to Recover Files From Windows 10 Through Parallels Desktop on Mac

My Mac hard drive is damaged, and I have to change the hard drive. I was using Windows 10 with the Parallels Desktop and could not recover Windows 10 files with recovery software. What should I do to recover these pvm files?

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Dany· Answered on Mar 09, 2023

A virtualization program like Parallels Desktop 11 can run many operating systems simultaneously on today's powerful PCs. The virtual machine and dual-boot can both help you run Windows on Mac, and you should be careful and back up your data regularly while running Windows 10 on Mac with Parallels Desktop 11. Here are some ways to recover Windows 10 pvm files on Mac:

1. Restore Windows pvm files with backups. If your Mac can still boot into the Recovery Mode, you can choose "Restore from Time Machine" to access your Time Machine backups, and you should find the pvm files in these backups manually. If you have other Windows backups, you can restore the wanted files from a recent backup.

2. You should try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover the files. You said that you could recover all the Mac files with a data recovery program. You can check the following steps and try to find Windows files on your hard drive.

  • If your Mac cannot boot because of the hard drive damage, you will need a bootable USB flash drive to boot your Mac and recover data with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.
  • After booting your Mac successfully, you can run the software and select to scan the damaged hard drive.
  • All the files that we can find will be listed on the right side, and you should search for the files name to search for the lost Windows files that you need. Then you should recover them by clicking "Recover".

If you cannot recover the files successfully from the backups and the recovery program. The best choice is to ask a professional help like Apple Support or a local repair store.


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