.OVA File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .OVA file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2023.

OVA File Recovery

What is a .OVA file?

An OVA file is a virtual appliance used by virtualization applications such as VMware Workstation and Oracle VM Virtualbox. It is a package that contains files used to describe a virtual machine, which includes an .OVF descriptor file, optional manifest (.MF) and certificate files, and other related files.

What Are Common Causes of ".OVA" Files Lost or Failure?

There are several common causes of ".OVA" (Open Virtualization Archive) files lost or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".OVA" files while cleaning up their system or storage devices.
  2. File system corruption: File system errors or corruption can lead to the loss or failure of ".OVA" files.
  3. Hardware failure: Issues with the storage device, such as a hard drive failure or bad sectors, can result in data loss, including ".OVA" files.
  4. Software or application errors: Errors or bugs in virtualization software or applications used to create or manage ".OVA" files can cause them to become lost or inaccessible.
  5. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and corrupt ".OVA" files, making them unusable or causing them to be deleted.
  6. Power outages or system crashes: Unexpected power outages or system crashes during the creation, transfer, or usage of ".OVA" files can lead to their loss or failure.
  7. Human error: Mistakenly renaming, moving, or overwriting ".OVA" files can result in their loss or failure.
  8. Insufficient storage space: If the storage device where ".OVA" files are stored runs out of space, it can lead to file loss or failure.
  9. Network issues: Problems during file transfer over a network, such as interrupted connections or network failures, can cause ".OVA" files to be lost or become corrupted.
  10. Unsupported or incompatible software: Using incompatible or outdated software to open or run ".OVA" files can result in errors or file corruption.

How to recover lost ".OVA" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".OVA" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".OVA" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".OVA" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".OVA" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".OVA" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".OVA" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo open Virtual Appliance image file file?

Programs that open ".OVA" files

VMware Workstation 15 Pro VMware Workstation 15 Pro
Oracle VM Virtualbox Oracle VM Virtualbox
VMware vCenter Converter VMware vCenter Converter
VMware OVF Tool VMware OVF Tool
Oracle VM Virtualbox Oracle VM Virtualbox
VMware OVF Tool VMware OVF Tool
VMware Fusion 11 VMware Fusion 11
VMware Workstation 15 Pro VMware Workstation 15 Pro
Oracle VM Virtualbox Oracle VM Virtualbox
VMware OVF Tool VMware OVF Tool

Additional Information

  • File type: Open Virtual Appliance

  • File extension: .OVA

  • Developer: VMware

  • Category: Data Files

  • Format: Binary

  • File types that use the extension .OVA:

    • Open Virtual Appliance

    • Octava Musical Score


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is the purpose of the ".OVA Recovery" file format and how does it work?

    The ".OVA Recovery" file format is not a standard file format and does not have a specific purpose or functionality. It is possible that you are referring to a custom file extension used by a specific software or system.

    If you are referring to the ".OVA" file format, it stands for Open Virtual Appliance. OVA is a standard format used for packaging and distributing virtual machines (VMs) or virtual appliances. It includes all the necessary files and configurations required to run a VM, such as the virtual disk, virtual hardware settings, and operating system.

    The OVA file format is essentially a single file that contains an entire VM, making it easy to share and deploy across different virtualization platforms. It simplifies the process of creating, distributing, and deploying virtual machines.

    However, without more information on the ".OVA Recovery" format, it is difficult to provide specific details on how it works or its purpose.

  • Are there any specific software or tools required to open and recover data from a ".OVA Recovery" file?

    There is no specific software or tool called ".OVA Recovery" file. ".OVA" stands for Open Virtualization Archive, which is a standard format used for packaging and distributing virtual appliances. It contains a complete virtual machine, including the operating system, applications, and data.

    To open and recover data from an OVA file, you need virtualization software such as Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware Workstation, or VMware Fusion. These software tools allow you to import and run the virtual machine contained in the OVA file.

    Once the virtual machine is running, you can access and recover data from within the virtual machine using standard file recovery methods, such as copying files to an external storage device or using data recovery software within the virtual machine.

    It's important to note that the OVA file itself does not typically contain recovery-specific tools or software. The recovery process will depend on the operating system and applications installed within the virtual machine.

  • Can the ".OVA Recovery" format be used to recover data from any type of storage device, or is it limited to specific devices or file systems?

    The ".OVA Recovery" format is not a widely recognized or commonly used format for data recovery. Typically, data recovery is performed using specialized software or services that are compatible with specific file systems or storage devices.

    The ".OVA Recovery" format may refer to a specific software or tool that uses the OVA file format for data recovery. OVA (Open Virtualization Archive) is a file format used for packaging and distributing virtual appliances. It is primarily used in the virtualization industry for deploying virtual machines.

    To recover data from any type of storage device, you would generally need to use specialized data recovery software or services that support the specific file system used on the storage device. Different file systems, such as NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, HFS+, or EXT4, have their own structures and methods for storing data. Data recovery tools are designed to understand these structures and recover data accordingly.

    Additionally, the success of data recovery depends on various factors like the type of storage device (hard drive, solid-state drive, USB drive, etc.), the condition of the device, the cause of data loss (formatting, accidental deletion, hardware failure, etc.), and the compatibility of the recovery software or service with the specific device and file system.

    In summary, the ".OVA Recovery" format is not a commonly used format for data recovery, and the recovery process typically requires specialized software or services that are compatible with the specific storage device and file system.

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