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May 17, 2011


VMware Workstation: Operation on file .vmdk failed

I got an error “Operation on file .vmdk failed.” when i tried to boot up my virtual WinXP machine in VMware Workstation.

Here the things I tried:

a) Repaired the vmdk file –> Basic VMDK-repair know-how

b) Converted to .vhd file –> VMDK(VMWare) to VHD Converter

c) Opened the .vhd file –> Windows Virtual PC

d) Converted the .vhd file back to .vmdk file –> How to convert VHD to VMDK partition types (Convert format to VMDK)

After days of finding the solution. I figured out the simple answer is using Winimage 8.50 and open the .vmdk file to recover all your precious data.

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  1. tholi
    Oct 24 2012

    Dear Sir,

    Same problem a facing thnk u so much displayed the image but am not able to resolve this if dont mind could u provide the step wise practically how to do plz


    • admin
      Oct 27 2012

      Hi Sandhya,

      1. Download and Install WinImage 8.50/8.10/8.0 from the link above.
      2. Run the program and via the “File” menu, open the vmdk file.
      3. From the program’s window, go to the virtual machine data’s folder that you want to extract.
      4. Copy the data to your hdd.


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