VHD crashed - need to recover files ASAP

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by NC Soft, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. NC Soft

    NC Soft Guest

    Recently I shut down a win2003 virtual machine then booted the host pc.
    When I tried to boot up the VM again, it wasnt displayed on Virtual PC so i
    tried to create a new one and add the existing vhd, but it disappeared. I
    mean, no physical vhd file on disk!!!
    Tried then to recover the vhd file but the hdd recovery program shows me the
    contents of vhd (files, folders, etc) but unable to recover them. I had not
    write anything to that partition after the disaster.
    Can someone help? There were VERY IMPORTANT files there
    NC Soft, Oct 8, 2005
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  2. Hi,

    If the .VHD file is no longer on your host, you will need to try standard
    file recovery programs. Unfortunately, that's very far beyond the scope of
    this newsgroup. I'd suggest Googling "File Recovery" along with the
    partition's file system (i.e. "NTFS File Recovery" or "FAT File Recovery")

    --Jonathan Maltz [Microsoft MVP - Windows Server - IIS, Virtual PC]
    http://www.visualwin.com - A Windows Server 2003 visual, step-by-step
    tutorial site :)
    http://vpc.visualwin.com - Does <insert OS name> work on VPC 2004? Find out
    Only reply by newsgroup. I do not do technical support via email. Any
    emails I have not authorized are deleted before I see them.
    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Oct 8, 2005
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    Gary Mount Guest

    I purposely deleted a vhd file and the next time I booted up the VM that the
    vhd was associated with, I didn't lose any data...
    Why? Because, since I was using win2003, I set up a raid 5. I also mirrored
    the partition that the os was running on.
    I also had the 3 vhd files each on their own real physical drive so that if
    a real hard drive failed, I could still easily recover by replacing the
    failed harddrive with a new working one.
    Gary Mount, Oct 9, 2005
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    Bo Berglund Guest

    If you just want to get hold of files in the VHD disk file, not
    necessarily starting up the virtual machine from it, then you might
    try opening the VHD in WinImage (shareware). If it succeeds in opening
    the virtual disk then you should be able to copy the important file
    out from it to your host system.

    But if you are talking about a lost VHD file on the *host* disk then
    you are out of luck.
    Bo Berglund, Aug 24, 2008
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    arthurjones019, Apr 5, 2014
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