How to Use Kernel VMDK Recovery?

Kernel VMDK Recovery is an efficient tool to recover data from corrupt or inaccessible VMDK files. The software has a simple user interface so that even a non-technical person can perform the recovery easily.

To recover VMDK file using Kernel VMDK Recovery software, follow the below-given steps carefully.

Step 1:

On the welcome screen of VMDK Recovery tool, click Browse or Open to add VMDK file for recovery.

Welcome screen of Kernel VMDK Recovery

Step 2:

Select the VMDK file from your system drive; click Open.

Select the VMDK file

Step 3:

Your VMDK file is selected. Click Recover to recover the data from VMDK file.

Click Recover to recover VMDK file

Step 4:

The complete drive information (Model, Capacity, Cylinders, Head, Sectors Per Track) of the selected VMDK file is displayed. Select the drive with lost data and then click Next.

Select drive with lost data and then click Next

NOTE: If you have a saved snapshot of the scanning process (saved earlier using the Save Snapshot button), you can load it using the Load Snapshot button.
Step 5:

Select one of the two options - Use existing partition info or Search partition. The first option is to select from the existing partitions and the second one is to search for partitions in your drive. Once selected, click OK.

Use existing partition info or Search partition

Step 6:

Select the desired partition for recovery, select the file system, provide the Start Sector and End Sector, and click Scan to start scanning.

Select the desired partition for recovery

NOTE: Scanning progress of the file is displayed like this. Click Hide Progress option to improve the scanning speed.

Scanning progress of VMDK file

Step 7:

Select the desired file system for recovery and click Next.

Select desired file system for recovery

Step 8:

Your data is now displayed for preview. Select any folder and a file to preview it.

Select any folder and a file to preview

Note: You can save the snapshot of the scanning process by clicking the Save Snapshot option. Then, provide the saving location and click Save. When you launch your software next time, you can resume the scanning process using this snapshot by clicking Load Snapshot option.

Resume scanning process with Load Snapshot option

Step 9:

Select the required folder(s) and files in the tree structure and click Recover to save these files to the system drive.

Click 'Recover' to save files

NOTE: You can use the Find option to find files by their name pattern (For example, .doc). All the files of that pattern get listed. Select the required files and click Save Selected File to save these files.

click 'Save Selected File' option

Step 10:

Provide the saving path. Click OK to save the files.

Provide saving path

Step 11:

Finally, the software displays a message that Files Saved Successfully. Click OK.

Files Saved Successfully

Thus, The tool has recovered VMDK file data.

Note: The software has some setting options - Sectors to read in single attempt (range from 1-100), Setting of duplicate file(s), and Setting for deleted file(s). Click Settings option on the menu bar to set them.

Click Settings option on the menu bar to set them

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