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One of our engineers noticed a missing vmdk file. It resided on a vmfs partition.

I was wondering is there any software to recover the missing vmdk that anyone can recommend using? Have searched the site but nothing stood out. The partitioning and raid all functional.

Any thoughts anyone?

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No backups of the VM and/or the VMDK? –  joeqwerty Jan 17 '13 at 20:23
foolishly not! :( –  Aceth Jan 17 '13 at 21:52

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UFS Explorer is the only tool I've used for VMFS filesystem recovery.

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I tried this tool (after finding it elsewhere) didn't have any luck / not very intuitive to use. Know of any guides? –  Aceth Jan 17 '13 at 21:54

Here is how I would do the rescue. By default the vmdk is a non sparse file and it might be fully allocated at creation. This means that you have big chances that it is not fragmented.

Use a hex editor or disk editor to open the vmdk partition. Search for something that I expect to be on that VMDK, then do a reverse search for the boot sector signature or MBR signature. From that I would take the first ***GB (the size of VMDK) and save them in a file.

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