Help I have messed up with Fusion

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by hassan1404, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. hassan1404 macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2007
    I hope someone can help,

    I installed VMWare's Fusion on my MacBook Running 10.5 and installed windows XP on a caddy. Loved it its fantastic software, but....

    My Caddy HDD has a fault and the VMDK File is not responding. The File is 6.6 gb and i can copy 5.96.

    The Caddy is formated for a mac and therefor cant be put on a windows machine.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as i am stumped and i realy want to get some files of the virtual drive.

    Thanks Hassan:eek:
  2. nospamboz macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2006
    Though there's some information on the VMware website discussion
    forums about repairing damaged VMDK disks, I think a lot of it doesn't
    apply to Fusion because it is VMware version 6, and a lot of the repair
    info is VMware 5 or earlier.

    It looks like VMware's official position is that their software will repair
    a damaged disk automatically if it can, but sometimes it can't. They
    recommend regular backups, just like on a real computer.

    They do say that "monolithic" (single large files) VMDKs are the most
    difficult to repair, and recommend using split disks as being easier to
    repair when required. (So why isn't that the default?)

    The only thing I can think of trying is to use the vmware-vdiskmanager
    utility to read your damaged VMDK and see if it can make a new
    split VMDK from it. The utility is in:

    /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion\

    It's a command line utility and needs to be run in a Terminal window.
    The command would be:

    vmware-vdiskmanager -r damaged.vmdk -t 1 new_split.vmdk

    If it works, then you can either create a new VM that references the
    split VMDK, or edit your existing VM's vmx file to reference it.

    Good luck.

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