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What programs and/or services that are available to recover a deleted flat.vmdk file? should i go ahead and format?

Made a sinful mistake yesterday, i accidently deleted a flat.vmdk file on our exchange server.  now the exchange server on a VM machine will not load.  I have consulted with experts from this site and suggested that i rebuild another VM for exchange, load win server, and exchange, and restore from an exec backup 11d backup.  

So i am about to load exchange server 03, it is now asking me to format the drive.  I am now hesitating if i should because there might be a simpler solution out there that recovers files from vm machine.  are there any?
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ryder0707Commented:
Which esx ver? for esx 3.5 there is still hope, but no way this is possible for esx4 as the tool has been removed from vmware
Refer to http://blog.core-it.com.au/?p=452
The tool is called vmfs-undelete but i never get the chance to try it
If that doesn't work for you, restore from backup is the only option
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