Data Recovery - VMDK

Hello i have deletede all vms on a disk unfortunately
i try this program :
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Add_your_own_extension_to_PhotoRec
and recover vmdk files.

But esxi does not recognize them as vmdk files.

How should i overcome this issue ?
3XLcomAsked:
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coolsport00Commented:
So, you tried to recover the files from the disks you deleted them from? What files did you recover?

~coolsport00
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So you did not try Disk Internals VMFS Recovery?
http://www.diskinternals.com/vmfs-recovery/

So you've tried this method, and got something back, which reports to be a VMDK file, but ESXi does not recognise it?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@coolsport00: The datastore was re-created ontop of a live datastore!
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coolsport00Commented:
I just now saw the other post :/ Ugh. Honestly, if he needs these files that badly, I wouldn't (personally) try a disk file recover...I'd have it done professionally. Although, cost may be an issue. Will have to decide between how badly need to recover the VMs as opposed to just recreating them all. So, it seems no data backups (at a minimum) were done???
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
hanccocka: unfortunatele lots of firm want to get disk via shipping or does not accept remote working because it is christmas

yes i tryed  Disk Internals  but unfortunately it recognize and recover all files as windows file system including inside of vmdk
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Personally, I think all is lost, the Data Recovery Specialists, would possibly be able to rebuild.

If ESX does not recongize these VMDKs, they could just be junk data. You could try copying these VMDKs to a Windows machine, and trying Winimage or VMware VMDK Mount, which allows you tio mount a VMDK against a drive letter in Windows

http://www.vmware.com/download/eula/diskmount_ws_v55.html

But having a corrupt VMDK file is no good.
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coolsport00Commented:
Do you not have at least data backups? I understand if you don't have a full image b//u of your VMs, but do you at least back up the data within them? If so, it may be easier to just rebuild the VMs and restore the data. Otherwise, you're probably at the mercy of a 3rd party disk data recovery solution.

~coolsport00
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
unfortunately i do not have any backup and any of vmdk files can't be mounted
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
We have bougth this software and it recovered everything it is perfect
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