Recover Deleted Files - Win XP on VMware Virtual Machine
Posted on 2012-03-10
My machine is XP SP3 running in a VMware Player virtual machine. The main OS is Ubuntu Linux 10.04 installed on a 2-disk mirrored (not striped) RAID.
I deleted a user from Windows User Manager then found out I needed the outlook.pst file.
I need to recover the outlook.pst file if the data is still on the hard disk.
Perhaps it is best to try to a recovery tool that runs from within Windows XP. In that case, what software do you recommend? Please include the best free and paid tools that you are familiar with.
I hope it does not require that I recover this file from outside the Virtual Machine, say from the Linux box, or from a bootable CD-ROM. If so, what tools do you recommend for that?
Deleted User From Windows XP User Manager
I removed the user intentionally, thinking I had a backup of the files. Turns out I did not, so now I need to recover my Outlook email .pst and settings files.
So the outlook.pst file, if viewed from the Linux OS, is inside the VMware image file, .vmdk. Otherwise, it is visible from the Windows XP virtual machine in the folder, C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
The data files are here, C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Is there an undelete tool that allows me to access the data for these files?
Is there a tool I can install on another machine on the network? Or do I need to create a boot disk? Either way, is it correct that I will need to view the file from the Linux OS.
The only way to view the recovered files from within the windows virtual machine is to install the software while running the Windows virtual machine. Is there any way to avoid overwriting the data that I want to recover?