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Restore VMware virtual machine from VMDK file

Here you will find out:

  • how to restore a VMware virtual machine from VMDK
  • what would you need for that
  • how DiskInternals VMFS Recovery can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

VMware VM

By creating a virtual machine in VMware, you can eliminate a number of inconveniences.

Any virtual machine includes software and built-in applications, while it exists completely independent of the underlying OS. Thus, you can create several VMs on one computer and thereby get many advantages:

  • Performance on each VM will be improved due to the distribution of “responsibilities” between each of them
  • Any errors on one VM do not affect the operation of the others
  • You can transfer the VM to any host, so it is mobile and convenient to use

To restore a VMware virtual machine from VMDK, what do you need?

Before you start recovering a VMware virtual machine, you need to find the existing VMDK (virtual machine disk) file. This file is very important since it plays a key role and contains all the information stored in the VM. There are several data files: .vmdk and flat.vmdk. To restore VM VMware from a VMDK file, you need to find the flat.vmdk file.

VMware virtual machine recovery in vSphere

Restore VMware virtual machine from VMDK

Restoring a VM from a VMDK file is possible by creating a new virtual machine configuration file. In this case, you are using an existing .vmdk file.

In the VMware guide for restoring a VM in vSphere, it says that you need to “remove from inventory” your virtual machine. That method is suitable if you have a backup because otherwise, you can lose your data.

How to restore a VMDK file in a VMware workstation with VMFS Recovery

If you lost, deleted or for any other reason don’t have a flat VMDK file, you need to restore it using the software, because there are no other options. You definitely need a VMDK file to recreate a VM.

It is recommended to use DiskInternals VMFS Recovery — software for professionals and, at the same time, understandable and effective for casual users. This application is really cool thanks to many factors, and here are just some of them:

  • You can restore both .vmdk files and -flat.vmdk files.
  • It works with VMFS partitions based on ESX / ESXi VMware® ESX Server™ and VMware vSphere 3.5-6.5.
  • FAT32, RAIDZ, HFS + and ReFS ZFS, EXT4, NTFS 5, EFS, ReiserFS, XFS, Hikvision, etc. are the file systems that this program works with.
  • If the VMDK is on any of the RAID levels, that's no problem, as DiskInternals VMFS Recovery will handle restoring a VMDK file on VMware.

And now that you can restore the VMDK file, you can try to recreate the virtual machine with this file.

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