I recently locked up my system by starting VPC 2007 at the same time as VMWare was running. I did this all the time on my old system, and didn't realize at first that it is a "no-no" with VT support enabled.
Anyway, I had a couple of VMs open in Workstation 6.0, and the one in question ended up with a .vmx file full of gibberish. I had a copy of the .vmx file, but it is previous to a couple of snapshots I have made. My goal is to be able to boot the machine without losing any data or corrupting the snapshots. I am not concerned with keeping the MAC address (which I think I can pick out from the vmware-x.log files anyway), or other things like that, though it would be nice.
Right now, after a first stab I get:
Unable to open file "C:\Virtual Machines\FreeBSD 6.2\FreeBSD6.2.vmdk": One of the disks in this virtual machine is already in use by a virtual machine or by a snapshot.
Now, looking at that I think it is using the wrong .vmdk anyway. I have:
I think the it should point to one of the numbered disks, but, is it guaranteed that it just needs to point to the last one? I've made a copy of the whole directory, so I'll try a few things with relative safety myself, but any help is appreciated.
This is a good hint to back-up my .vmx files more regularly...
============= Update =============
Nevermind, I figured it out. I can see the whole thing in the VMWare log under the --- CONFIGURATION line. I just copied the log output, and then in vim to reformat it:
%s/ = \(.*\)$/ = "\1"/g
And that was it, away I go. I figured I'd go ahead and post this even though I've already got it working, in case someone else runs into the same thing.
FYI: The error "One of the disks in this virtual machine is already in use by a virtual machine or by a snapshot" normally indicates a a problem with stale lock files / lock folders or a broken VMSD file..