Can data that was on a VM be recovered if not in Recycle bin

I realize the answer is probably no but doesn't hurt to ask. We have a VM file server (ESXI) that had a folder deleted probably a year or more ago. Its not in our current backups. Are there any VMware or windows recovery tricks we can to do recover that at this point?
Jason KomendatAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You could use File Undelete tools, BUT - 1 year is a bit long, and the file space has probably been overwritten now.

Do you have backups from when just after the folder was deleted to restore the VM ?
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Jose Gabriel Ortega CastroEE Solution Guide - CEO Faru Bonon ITCommented:
Check if you have the Shadow copy enabled on that computer, that should probably help you if you have it enabled if not, it's lost since the data is there in the 1st days but the OS could have written on in one year of normal operation like Hancock said.
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Jason KomendatAuthor Commented:
No our backups only go back 45 days, I did find an un-delete tool that could see the files on the disk so we bought it. I was able to export the files to my PC. The problem is none of them (mostly excel and PDFs) open. Its as if they are all corrupted. Might there be any tools that can repair these files or are we out of luck?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I think you will find, what you have retrieved is garbage, the files will have been overwritten with data, so the files are not complete.

have you had success in opening any intact files ?
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Jason KomendatAuthor Commented:
Yea I think you're probably right. No none of them I have tried will open
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm afraid corrupted, or not files as you think they are.
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Jason KomendatAuthor Commented:
I'm sure you're right, had to ask, thanks
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Jason KomendatAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the confirmation
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
np
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