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  We recover

  • VMDK images created in all versions of ESX Server or VMware

  • Microsoft Hyper-V and Virtual Box

  • VMDK images from healthy and corrupted VMFS disks

  • VMFS drives stored on working or faulty RAID arrays

  • VMFS drives stored on corrupted and inaccessible hard drives

  • Parallels Virtual Machine disk images

  • VMDK images stored in disks formatted by VMware(R) ESX Server(tm)


  • VMFS partitions created in VMware vSphere 6.5 and ESX/ESXi Servers

  • VMFS 6, VMFS5 and VMFS3

  • VMFS drives stored on all types of RAID arrays

  • Runs in all versions of Windows 10, 8, 7, 2008 R1/R2, Vista/XP


  • Can mount virtual disks to system as drive letters allowing further access to virtual disks like it's a simple logical disk

  • Recovers data from ESXi remotely

  • Saves recovered files and folders on local or remote locations

  • Recovers information bypassing Windows access restrictions


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Thank you.... Eugene has explained everything very clear. I hope I don't have to use your services again, but if I do, I would certainly come back. well done!
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VMFS Recovery

VMFS Recovery is a tool to restore data from various Virtual Machine File Systems(VMFS). The software provides a number of thorough recovery procedures that you can rely on. VMFS Recovery is really an indispensable and the most powerful tool for anyone using virtual machines, including VMware, VirtualPC, VirtualBox, Parallels, EnCase, ProDiscover disk images. Among other benefits it features vSphere 6 and ESX Server support.
VMFS Recovery works with different file systems


VMware virtual machines are most common in business environment. They are using their own file format to store VM data. Like we said before it is called VMFS. VMFS Recovery supports VMFS versions 3, 4, 5 and 6, partitions up to 64 TB, files larger than 2TB, VMFS5 drives with more than 100,000,000 files on them. You can choose one of two modes depending on the task. Fast mode is recommended for existing or deleted files recovery, when a disk is safe or slightly corrupted. Full mode helps to recover your data when a situation is far more complex.

VMFS Recovery mounting VM disk images

Different reasons can lead to a VMFS failure. Two widespread ones are: damaged blocks and corrupted RAID arrays. Some cases can get very complicated! For example, a relatively big cluster of multiple virtual PCs is controlled by Vmware ESX Server and is stored on a RAID array. Suddenly either a RAID Controller or a RAID array fails.

VMFS Recovery: RAID reconstruction

Built-in RAID Recovery

VMFS Recovery provides a corrupted RAID array reconstruction even if a dedicated RAID controller is damaged or inaccessible. With the JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 1E, 4, 5, 5R (HP RAID 5), RAID 6, 1+0, 5+0 and 6+0 support VMFS Recovery will restore virtual machine disksfrom safe and corrupted hard drives and RAID arrays allowing it to access corrupt data and then recover it like from a healthy VMFS disk.

VMFS Recovery: disks and RAIDs

ESX Server Recovery

You can recover virtual PC's images from ESX servers. In this case VMFS Recovery performs a two-stage procedure. During the first stage a damaged ESX/ESXi storage is recovered, as soon as it's done and VMFS Recovery has an access to separate virtual machines and their VDMK disks, a number of necessary recovery procedures is performed successfully.

VMFS Recovery: exporting recovered data

System Requirements

You need a standard PC with Windows XP and higher to run VMFS Recovery. However we would recommend you using Windows 7 or 8 and 4+ Gb of RAM as the software builds an entire VMFS structure in RAM before recovering. The larger your VMFS disks or ESX Server the more RAM would be appreciated. Please also note the disk space: VMFS Recovery needs about 16Mb to install but a lot of free disk space to save recovered data. It depends on the size of VM data, you are recovering.


What's New?

  • 04.02.19 - Critical bugfix of VMFS Recovery. Previous version read files on VMFS 6 disks incorrectly. Update is strongly recommended.

  • 29.01.19 - VMFS Recovery v.4.4.2 is online. List of improvements.

  • 28.01.19 - A guide on RAID 5 recovery with two missing drives.

  • 25.12.18 - Merry Christmas! Please accept a new release as as our present. Now with ReFS recovery mode and digitally signed.

  • 20.11.18 - Black Friday at VMFSRecover.com: -10% on VMFS Recovery orders. Details guide and coupon code.

  • 11.10.18 - Guide on how to recover VMDK with Bitlocker disk inside.

  • 10.10.18 - Halloween discounts: -10% on VMFS Recovery orders. Detailed guide and coupon code.

  • 07.10.18 - FIXED BUG: VMFS Recovery 4.2.8 has go all the known bugs fixed. It has passed all tests on our and client's systems. Thank you everyone for assistance. We strongly recommend to update.

  • 27.09.18 - We've started a FAQ section where we will post most frequent questions we got here in support.

  • 12.09.18 - A new version of VMFS Recovery with Hikvision support.

  • 24.07.18 - Now VMFS Recovery can read and recover EFS and Bitlocker disks.

  • 11.07.18 - New beta version of VMFS Recovery is available on request. We've added long waited SESparse support and Compressed VMDK. Now VMFS6 snapshots are fully supported.

  • 26.06.18 - New Release of VMFS Recovery. Now version 4.0. Features a new recovery engine and a lot of improvements of all supported technologies.

  • 17.05.18 - Remote ESXi recovery 2.0. Now using an iSCSI + RDM technique. No more slow SSH!

  • 11.05.18 - Mapping a VMFS disk to Guest OS as RDM disk instruction was updated

  • 25.04.18 - Features of thin provisioned disks and sparse files at VMFS datastores

  • 12.04.18 - Explained: saving recovered VMDK. Tips and hints.

  • 27.02.18 - Detailed guide about scan cache set up and usage

  • 20.12.17 - Step by step guide on how to get -20% discount for VMFS_Recovery and save $139 or more on single purchase!

  • 16.12.17 - New release v.3.3.28: VMFS, NTFS and ReFS recovery modes improved

  • 27.11.17 - Guide on recovering data from ESX server using one of it's Windows virtual machines

  • 20.11.17 - Documentation update: How to gain access to VMFS datastore. Explained!

  • 13.08.17 - New release v.3.3.2 Minor update: Added support for alternate VMFS6 format

  • 26.06.17 - New release v.3.3.1 Minor updates: RAID6 detection, issue with vmdk snapshots fixed

  • 18.06.17 - Download new release v. Minor updates: improved speed and stability

  • 19.04.17 - VMFS 6 support added Download new release v.

  • 25.02.17 - Now we can reconstruct Microsoft Storage Spaces software RAIDs.

  • 08.02.17 - VMFS Recovery now has ZFS and RAIDZ support

  • 31.01.17 - Added READ support for latest VMFS6. Developers are still working on Uneraser and Recovery modes

  • 28.12.16 - VMFS Recovery 3.1 is released. Changelog

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  • 22.07.16 - Complete and explained online help on how to use Diskinternals VMFS Recovery. First and the only one at the Internet

  • 12.07.16 - XFS support available on request in custom builds

  • 18.05.16 - How to recover VMDK from NFS disk

  • 01.05.16 - Until the end of May 2016, we offer a -20% discount to any customer

  • 12.03.15 - Until the end of 2015, we offer a -20% discount to any customer. Merry X-mas!

  • 11.20.15 - How to recover ESX data remotely via SSH

  • 10.20.15 - SSH scan speed doubled.

  • 09.05.15 - New Uneraser mode for VMFS has been added. Scan speed increased dramatically in this mode

  • 05.19.15 - Alternate RAID5 geometry added to our RAID Wizard

  • 08.29.14 - VMFS Recovery "How To": Read full article

  • 08.29.14 - Step By Step of Recovering Virtual Disks

  • 11.18.13 - How to use VMFS Recovery unique feature: On-line recovery

  • 11.08.13 - Detailed instruction on how to remotely connect to Virtual Machine

  • 11.06.13 - Know-how to recover data from Virtual disks