Cannot find Window Files in Virtual Machine after HD replacement

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Bellas, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Bellas macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2009
    I just had a second hard drive replaced on my Macbook pro which I have had a little over a year. After the first HD replacement I purchased a WD external drive to back time machine to. Time machine was set up to back up VM to Mac HD and then back Mac HD up to time machine. I am pretty much tech illiterate when it comes to restoring. I have managed to restore the Mac side of the computer, get the VM(Fusion) installed and also installed Windows. For the life of me I cannot find my Windows files. From all I have read there is a chance there may not be any files but I would like to make sure before I begin the long process of rebuilding.

    Thank you for any help!

  2. micsaund macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2004
    Colorado, USA
    Take a look in your Documents folder for a "Virtual Machines" directory or some form of that. I believe that's the default location for Fusion to store your VMs.

    If you can find that dir on your Time Machine disk, simply restore that, and then in Fusion, you may have to do a Open and point to the Documents:Virtual Machines:[whatever name you used for VM] and that should do it.

    Now, if you chose somewhere other than the Fusion default directory, you'll have to look elsewhere in the TM backup obviously. If you look for files ending in ".vmdk" that will aid you in locating the VMs if all else fails.


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