ID #1103

The specified virtual disk needs repair

VMware displays or popsup an error messages like this


Cannot open the disk test-000001.vmdk or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.
Reason: The specified virtual disk needs repair.

Platform :  Workstation , Fusion


This may happen with sparse disks on hosted platforms.
In the vmware.log this may appear as "Grain #* @* is orphaned. "


try -R parameter of recent vmware-vdiskmanager
vmware-vdiskmanager.exe -R corrupt.vmdk


Plan B

if that does not work try to mount the vmdk with vdk or other mount-tools.
if that does not work try to convert it with Starwind V2V converter or Winimage

Tags: repair

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Added at: 2012-02-18 11:51

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Added at: 2016-09-13 14:52