Corrupted virtual disk with VMware

Wow, this article and especially one of its comments saved my day.

My computer crashed and one of the VMware machine hosted on it could not start anymore :

“Cannot open the disk ‘path of vmdk’ or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.
Reason: the specific virtual disk needs repair.

Checking on the VMware forums, I quickly found the command that was supposed to help :

$ vmware-vdiskmanager -R /path/to/disk.vmdk
The virtual disk, '/path/to/disk.vmdk', is corrupted but the repair process has failed.

Damned ! I almost resigned restoring the last backup and loosing a week of work when, by chance, I found the article mentioned above.

As recommended, I downloaded the Virtual Disk Development Kit 1.2 from VMware, untared it and still doubtfully launched :

$ ./bin64/vmware-vdiskmanager -R /path/to/disk.vmdk
The virtual disk, '/path/to/disk.vmdk', was corrupted and has been  successfully repaired.

Saved! Thanks so much to the guys. I would have never thought about trying it, I wonder how they could find it.

But how is it possible that the utility coming with vmware workstation 7.1 suck so much and is not on par with other versions ?

13 thoughts on “Corrupted virtual disk with VMware

  1. Antonio Colin

    Hi Phocean

    I DO appreciate you sharing this absolutely great trick… you’ve saved my life man!!! Thank you soooooo much!!!!!!!!!


  2. lloyd

    It’s really thanks your sharing. But how can I get the Virtual Disk Development Kit 1.2 ? Right now, it seems that Vmware community can not regist. Would mind lead me to download it? Regards!

  3. Suzanne Graham

    You have saved my life, thank you!!! Was pulling my hair out over it then found your comments and the latest version of the toolkit worked. THANKS!! :)

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