How to Recover Lost Files from a Corrupt VHD or VMDK File

PerfectFileRecovery for PC, Server & VMware
Today we announce the addition of PerfectFileRecovery™ for business, allowing our customers to retrieve missing and deleted files from PCs, servers, virtualization and other Windows digital storage media at the office.

Some of the key differentiators between PerfectFileRecovery and competitors’ products:

  • Find and restore files that most file recovery programs miss
  • No install required! (Installing other recovery programs can result in permanent file loss)
  • See a live preview of files like graphics, documents, and spreadsheets in trial mode
  • Watch and listen to video and audio files in trial mode
  • Recover deleted and missing files from corrupt drives – physical and virtual!

PerfectFileRecovery’s advanced File Discovery™ feature scans drives, devices and memory cards to find files that are essentially invisible to other file recovery programs. It finds traces of a file that may be scattered across your drive, even in instances where the file name no longer exists.

What’s the point of a file recovery program if it can’t find the right files? Make sure the files that are found are the actual files you’re looking for with LiveView™!





How to Recover Lost Files from a Corrupt VHD or VMDK

If the actual VHD or VMDK file becomes corrupt, you can recover lost files from the corrupt virtual disk with this trick:

Hyper-V

  1. Change the .vhd file extension to .bin
  2. Open it as an image with PerfectFileRecovery by selecting Imaging > Open Image
  3. Click Yes to scan the corrupt Hyper-V drive for your lost and deleted files

vSphere ESX

  1. Convert the .vmdk file extension to .bin
  2. Open it as an image with PerfectFileRecovery by selecting Imaging > Open Image
  3. Click Yes to scan the corrupt vSphere drive for your missing and deleted files

PerfectFileRecovery will recover files from corrupt Hyper-V and vSphere virtual disks. No other file recovery tool has this functionality.





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4 comments

  1. Hi,
    Can your PerfectFileRecovery recover files from an old and, probably, corrupted hard disk IDE formated with DOS 5.5?
    Regards,

    1. Hello Joao, Although the DOS 5.5 operating system is about 20 years old, we may be able to help. If the user attaches the disk to a healthy computer and a COMPLETE scan type is run then PerfectFileRecovery will detect common file types. This is because PFR will look for file type signatures like, Word, Excel, image files, etc. This is file system independent so if there are common file types on the disk then PFR will find them and recover them…. assuming that they are in a healthy state after about 20 years of storage :)

      1. Hello Lauren,
        Thank you very much for your commentary. I will buy an external case for IDE and, as soon as possible, I will try to recover some needed files from this fossil PC (here in Portugal, some professionals were unable to recover anything). :-)

        1. Please let us know what happens! Keep in mind, previously installing other file recovery programs may have permanently deleted some files that will be irretrievable no matter what recovery program you use. But PerfectFileRecovery should be able to find and recover everything else. If you don’t find what you’re looking for by file name, also be aware that PFR can recover files that have lost their file names and these files or traces of them will appear in your scan results with names that start with “Discovered_” followed by a number. Sort through results by file type and date to make your search for missing and lost files a lot easier.

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