Parallels will not mount my winxp.hdd

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by chadwicktd, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. chadwicktd macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2007
    I have had parallels runnung for about 4 months. Today I tryed to start up the virtual machina and it gives me the error: Parallels is unable to access the virtual hard disk image file. The file is corrupted.

    any suggestions as to what I should do?
  2. iBecks macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    Use the back up that you created, you did create a backup, didn't you?
  3. yhc2k macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2007
    fixing permissions

    I know this is an old thread, but I had this same problem after upgrading to Leopard. I have checked multiple forums and none of the suggestions worked.

    -I upgraded to the newest build (5582 I think).
    -I looked for the .lck file--not there.
    -I changed the name of the .hdd file--no luck.
    -I rebooted my computer several times--no luck.
    -I uninstalled and reinstalled Parallels several times--no luck.

    Here is what solved this issue for me:

    -Go to the winXP.hdd file (or windows.hdd file as the case may be) (under users/<>/library/parallels/Microsoft Windows XP/
    -right click and choose 'show package contents'
    -this should reveal two files: "DiskDescriptor.xml" and "windows.hdd.<lots of letters>.hds"
    -right click on each of these files and select "get info".
    -under each info window, check the "Sharing and Persmission" settings for each file.
    -they should allow your user ID to read/write. I also made it so all of the permissions were the same between the two files.
    -I am not sure if you need to do it for both files, but I did and it fixed my problem! I'm not touching it anymore!

    This cost me a full day of work! Hope it saves someone else some time...
  4. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Unbelievable as it may be, but this advice just saved me...6 years later!!!:eek:

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