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How to Recover Data from Virtual Disk?

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Answer Hard Drive Problems • Proven solutions

I have a virtual disk that has valuable data on my computer, but I can’t access it since yesterday. Is there any way to access my virtual disk? If not, is there any way to recover the data? Thank you!

It is good to note that finding out whether you can access your virtual disk when it becomes unresponsive is difficult. Even so, you can recover data from a virtual disk as long your computer or external hard drive had not overwritten new data on it.

In this article
  • Part 1: How to Recover Data from a Virtual Disk
  • Part 2: What is Virtual Hard Disk
  • Part 3: Reasons for Data Loss in Virtual Systems

Part 1: How to Recover Data from a Virtual Disk

Many virtual disk data recovery programs on the Internet can retrieve your data. Recoverit Data Recovery or Recoverit Data Recovery for Mac is the one that suits you most. No matter whether files on your virtual disk were lost due to partition damage, partition deletion, and partition formatting, this program will reclaim them easily.


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You can download a trial version of Recoverit Data Recovery from below. This trial version enables you to scan your virtual disk to check how many lost files on your virtual disk can be recovered.

Note: If the virtual disk is set on an external hard drive, please make sure it can be well-connected to your computer.

Step 1. Select a data recovery mode to start virtual disk recovery

Please launch Recoverit, and select the hard drive It supports recovering lost data caused by any scenario.

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Step 2. Select your virtual disk to scan files on it

You’ll need to select the physical drive that your virtual disk is set on and click the "Start" button to start scanning lost data.

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Then you just need to select the partition of your virtual disk and click the "Start" button to begin scanning it.

Step 3. Preview and recover your data

When the scan is finished, found files on your virtual disk will all be displayed in the program window. You can see file names to check whether the files you need can be retrieved or not.

Then you just need to mark the data you are going to reclaim and click the "Recover" button to keep them on your computer.

Note: Please do not save the recovered files back to your virtual disk during the recovery.

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Part 2: What is Virtual Hard Disk

A virtual hard disk or VHD is a sort of drive that works just like the physical hard drive except that it has special variations. In short, a virtual disk is accessed, controlled, and installed on a virtual machine network. Indeed, a VHD is thought to be a file format or an application. It is made for virtual machines. Boasting the same hard drive partitions and a file system found on a physical hard drive, a virtual disk has all the capabilities a computer user needs. It can run an operating system, create files and folders, and execute any application or request.

Although it is designed in the physical hard drive, the VHD has its logical component. You can make many drive sectors within it to run numerous virtual hard drives at the same time. Every sector runs independently, meaning that it does not overwrite or interfere with the running of the other VHDs. Concerning size, virtual hard disks can have flexible or fixed sizes. Size is controlled by the virtualization manager or the parent operating system. The virtual PC run by Microsoft on its Windows OS was initially bought from Connectix Inc.

Part 3: Reasons for Data Loss in Virtual Systems

As we have noted above, VHDs are so similar to physical hard disk drives. Hence, they are as prone to data loss as the typical physical hard disks are. And when they encounter damage that leads to data loss or corrupted files, VHDs cannot be useful at all to the user. But why would data loss occur in virtual systems? The following are common reasons why.

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