Dead VM / Need Files Off Of It

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My Virtual Box VM died yesterday and I have files (QB and text documents) that I need from said dead VM. I have tried rebooting the dead VM and it just makes my computer crash and won't move past the "loading Windows" stage. I have created a new VM in which I would like to try and retrieve my files from the dead VM.
I have very little experience with Virtual Box. I use a MacBook that runs the latest version of El Capitan and I use Windows 7 as the OS in the VM. I know this question has been asked/answered, but what I have found is old and the tools are no longer available. Like I said I am a novice at this, so I don't understand a lot of what I have found in my online searches, especially the VB manual.
Any help, direction, tools or instructions anyone could provide would be most appreciated. I am not looking forward to re-creating any of my lost data from those files on the dead VM. Thank you so much for your input.


Software/Hardware used:
MacBook Pro, El Capitan, Windows 7
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  • Subhendu Sen
    First create a new profile with this .vdi to rescue the hdd & download a linux live cd to add it as an image to the new profile. Now start the vm to mount the .vdi file and try to rescue. This is a free method. If you are not so comfortable, try the same from here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/VirtualBox-VDI-Recovery-22cd206b
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  • VirtuallyVerklempt
    To Subhendu Sen Thank You!

    I own my own business and so I play IT specialist because I can't afford one. I don't want to have to purchase the VDI recovery software as that costs as much as getting the data recovered.

    I've dowloaded SystemRescueCD as the linux live CD and put it on a USB drive, but now I don't know what to do next. I am really green here, and I really appreciate any input you, or others may have on how next to proceed.

    Again, thank you for your response!!!!
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