Corrupted VMWare VMDK file? How to fix?

o) Create a new VMWare machine of the same guest OS.
o) Assign the corrupted VMDK file as additional HDD to the new machine. VMWare machine config allows you to add an existing HDD (VMDK file) to a machine.
o) Browse your corrupted virtual HDD. Enjoy!

  One thought on “Corrupted VMWare VMDK file? How to fix?

  1. Dan Bull
    October 29, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Worst fix ever!


  2. youridiotbrother
    November 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Agreed– Dan said it best: Worst fix ever! This is just stupid!


  3. November 30, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Guys, this is a plain disaster recovery solution.
    I was in a panic when my VMDK was unusable for booting. Attaching it as an additional drive to a functional VM helped me get the data back. Nonetheless, I welcome your critic.


  4. January 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    This should work, especially if the disk isn’t too badly damage, but you’re getting frustrated when the machine runs into the damaged area and the entire VM shuts down without allowing you to continue despite the error.


  5. Edwin
    February 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    How if the Vmdk file can not open because of medium files error?


    • March 12, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      I am unaware of solution to such a problem 😦


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