Deleting snapshot from VMWare

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  1. jmoore541 macrumors newbie

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    I have VMWare running and I deleted a snapshot to try to free up some disk space. Now when I try to run, I get an error that it can't find a file: CADellVM-000001.vmdk. I guess I deleted the extra file. I tried to create my own version of that file and no luck getting Windows to boot.

    I then tried to make a new instance from scratch. I saved the files with a different name and in a different folder. When I try to run that, it starts to boot, then just dies. When I try to restart, it complains about an exclusive lock.

    The first one that my daughter was using has some pictures and other data. That's the original one that I screwed up by deleting a file. I have the virtual disk files, is there some way I can re-use it or am I hosed?
     
  2. steveza macrumors 68000

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    I think you are in a bad place with those virtual disks. A .vmdk file is a virtual disk which could also be created when you suspend a guest virtual machine (stop it without shutting down). Snapshots normally have .VMSN extensions - well they do in VMWare ESX server, I haven't created one in fusion yet.

    Do you have any vmdk files left? You could try creating a new virtual machine and specifying that vmdk as the disk. May not work but that's your only shot at this point - or a disk recovery tool :)
     
  3. jmoore541 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I have all the files: CADellVM-s001.vmdk through CADellVM-s013.vmdk. There is a small file CADellVM.vmdk that has this in it:

    # Disk DescriptorFile
    version=1
    CID=9bc9ae83
    parentCID=6833259e
    createType="twoGbMaxExtentSparse"
    parentFileNameHint="CADellVM-000001.vmdk"
    # Extent description
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s001.vmdk"
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s002.vmdk"
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s003.vmdk"
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s004.vmdk"
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s005.vmdk"
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s006.vmdk"
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s007.vmdk"
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s008.vmdk"
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s009.vmdk"
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s010.vmdk"
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s011.vmdk"
    RW 4192256 SPARSE "CADellVM-s012.vmdk"
    RW 58752 SPARSE "CADellVM-s013.vmdk"

    # The Disk Data Base
    #DDB

    ddb.toolsVersion = "7362"
     
  4. steveza macrumors 68000

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    That was the one you deleted right? I think the files 1 - 13 are the disk expansion files which each added a little bit of data onto the parent. I can try out a few things wiht my VM but without the parent I don't rate the chances of recovering the VM.
     
  5. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Steveza with regards to the OP,shouldn't fusion have warned him that he might be shutting
    his VM down incorrectly?.Ive nearly done this in the past but got a warning come up,cant
    remember what it was exactly as it was ages ago,but i know i got one
     
  6. steveza macrumors 68000

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    You should get a message if you mess with the disk files while VMWare is running but if you quit it and then do some crazy deleting - you are on your own.
     
  7. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Ok gotcha
     

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