We had vmware 5 loaded on a 500 gb raid 1 drive. The raid array failed and the server wouldn't boot into vmware. We tried to rebuild, etc.. but no luck getting the drive to boot. We also tried to add the disk into another vmware install and I believe since it was a raid config that vmware didn't recognize that vmware was loaded on it.
I ran the diskinternals recovery just to see what it would find and it found all the windows files from the VMs, but didn't display the vmdk, vmx, and snapshot files which is what we are looking for.
I tried a few more scans to try and locate the vmdk files, but so far no luck.
I have since turned to Linux (ubuntu) to try and mount the drive with VMFS tools and retrieve the data.
Here is one article I have found. Not sure if it applies to vmfs 5.
When I try to mount the drive in Linux it tells me "unknown filesystem (ddf_raid_member)"
I tried to force mount the drive, but again it wants me to specify a file system.
I then tried setting up a raid config with mdadm. It will let me build the array and the array shows online but degraded since I only have the one drive. When I try to mount the array it says "you must specify the filesystem type". Also an fdisk will show the drive, but nothing listed under filesystem type.
I'm using ubuntu 13.10 desktop. Also I am a newbie when it comes to Linux.