How to recover lost/deleted VMware vmdk file step by step for Windows MAC OS X and Linux.

What is VMware vmdk file formats: Virtual Machine Disk file for VMware virtual machines.The VMDK file extension is associated with the Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) format specification used with VMware virtual machine files. A disk file with the VMDK extension is a virtual machine using VMware virtualization products or other platforms that support VMDK files such as Sun XVM, QEMU, or VirtualBox.

This is a recovery example tutorial for VMware vmdk file, you only need a few of steps to finish data recovery. throughing VMware File Recovery step by step recover deleted files or lost data from a reformatted partition or corrupted file system. If you want to recover lost/deleted partitions or deleted files from a FAT or NTFS file system, please use BYclouder Partition Recovery first, because it is faster and BYclouder Partition Recovery can find the original file names.

To recover files/data from hard disk, USB key, Smart Card, CD-ROM, DVD, Blu-Ray, etc., you have to need enough rights to access the physical device.

How to login Windows as Administrator user:
Microsoft Support How do I log on as an administrator?

How to login MAC OS X as root user:
Apple Support Enabling and using the "root" user in Mac OS X

How to login Ubuntu as root user:
To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to create a new root password.
sudo passwd root
vi /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.
adding (greeter-show-manual-login=true allow-guest=false) changed ligtdm.conf as follows:
[SeatDefaults]
greeter-session=unity-greeter
user-session=ubuntu
greeter-show-manual-login=true
allow-guest=false
sudo passwd root
Type root and password
Restart your computer and choose to login as root.

How to login Mint as root user:
open terminal with normal user account..
type
$ sudo su -
and give the password
now terminal comes in root mode
# now type
# pkill gdm
now u enterd into a text mode login
again login as normal user
then do
$ sudo su -
give passwd
now type
# startx

2. Disk or Drive selection

If BYclouder VMware File Recovery is not yet installed,download here,Available media are listed.You can select Disk or Drive here. Use mouse to select the disk/Drive that holds the lost files. Click Scan Button to proceed or double-click directly into the next step.
Disk Selection: If disk partitions are damaged or lost, VMware File Recovery can recover lost files/data from the partitions.
Drive Selection: If disk no problem, just select Drive, because it is faster to recover files when you proceed step 4, if not, BYclouder VMware File Recovery will scan the whole disk,that would spend a lot of time. therefore that is unnecessary!

3. Filter Options Settings

Enable or disable the recovery of certain file types.
There are two buttons Mark All and Unmark all. you can choose the file types you want to recover. and then click OK button.
To filter some file types,there is a good idea, you should click Unmark all button first, then mark what you want the file types.
To search some file extension, there is good idea, you click the item ".vmdk",then type the first letter of the file extension. therefore that is unnecessary to browse the whole list view to search some file type.

4. whole disk or unallocated space selection

BYclouder VMware File Recovery can search files from the whole partition and the unallocated space.
from the whole partition :This is very useful if the filesystem is corrupted, it will scan the whole partition space, that would spend a lot of time.
from the unallocated space: This is available for ext2/ext3/ext4, FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 and NTFS. selection the item only deleted files are recovered.

Note: Recovered data and files should not be save the recovered disk directory! This is very importent, if you do so, It will override the recovered disk data! so you have to choose other disks and the disks space are large enough.

Click Recover Button to proceed step 5

5. Start Recover

VMware File Recovery is recovering files/data.
Note:Recovered files will located multitude of folders, e.g. recovered.1, recovered.2 etc. you can click Open Button to check them.

This page was last modified on 23 April 2013, at 21:41.
Author:Jean

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