VMFS Recovery

Recovers data from ESX server

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  System Requirements:

  • 8GB of RAM, 16+GB of RAM is recommended

  • 100MB of disk space

  Supported file systems:

  • VMFS 6, VMFS 5, VMFS 4, VMFS 3


  • EXT 3, EXT4

  • XFS, ZFS, BtrFS

  • APFS, encrypted APFS, HFS, HFS+

  • ReiserFS, Reiser4


  Supported RAID technologies:

  • RAID 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5EE, 5R, 6, 1+0, 0+5, 0+6, etc

  • Adaptec®, HP®, Dell®, MegaRAID®, Silicon® RAID Controllers

  • Linux software RAID, mdamd RAID

  • DDF compatible devices

  • LDM, Storage Spaces

  • LVM based Hybrid RAID disks


  • JBOD disks

  • VMFS software RAID and dynamic disks

  • RAID built on NVidia®, Intel® mainboards

  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

  • Disks with VMFS, NTFS and ReFS deduplication

  • Parallels Virtual Machine disk images

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


  • VMFS partitions created in VMware vSphere 6.7 and ESX/ESXi Servers

  • VMFS 6, VMFS5, VMFS4 and VMFS3

  • VMFS drives stored on all types of RAID arrays

  • Windows 7, 8, 10, 11

  • Windows Server 2008 R1/R2, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2022

  Supported disk images

  • ISO, RAW

  • Linux DD, QEMU, DMG

  • Oracle VDI

  • Microsoft VHD\VHDx

  • VmWare VMDK

  • Parallels PVM

  • EnCase and ProDiscover forensic disk images

  • Proxmos QCOW2


  • 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

  • SSH and iSCSI support

  • Saves recovered files and folders on local or remote locations

  • Recovers information bypassing Windows access restrictions


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VMFS Recovery

VMFS Recovery™ is a tool to restore data from various Virtual Machine File Systems(VMFS). The software provides many thorough recovery procedures that you can rely on. VMFS Recovery is 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.
Diskinternals VMFS Recovery works with different file systems


VMware virtual machines are most common in the business environment. They are using their own file system 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, VMFS6 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 file 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.

Diskinternals VMFS Recovery™: RAID reconstruction

Built-in RAID Recovery

Diskinternals 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 disks from safe and corrupted hard drives and RAID arrays allowing it to access corrupt data and then recover it like from a healthy VMFS disk.

Diskinternals VMFS Recovery: disks and RAIDs

ESX Server Recovery

You can recover virtual PC 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, the second stage is processed. VMFS Recovery analyses and recovers data inside VMDK files rebuilding gues file system and disk structures.

VMFS Recovery™: exporting recovered data

Online Recovery

To preserve the integrity of deleted or damaged data, it's better to stop the ESX server and lock the disks from any disk operations. However, it may be impossible to stop the production server. Another common case is when the ESX environment is leased and you have no physical access to the server. In such cases, you are able to recover your data by SSH or iSCSI network protocols. They help access the ESX server online and recover lost data.

Built-in preview

Mount recovered VMDK file in VMFS Recovery to check the integrity of recovered data before the purchase. A detailed guide on this procedure is available here.

System Requirements

You need a standard PC with Windows 7 or higher to run VMFS Recovery. However, we would recommend you use Windows 10 with 16 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 70Mb to install but a lot of free disk space to save recovered data. It depends on the size of VM data, you are recovering.


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