zhangfred_vm
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Can we convert the vmdk file use the flat.vmdk file

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For some misaction, the vmkd file is deleted, but the flat.vmdk file is still here.

Can we create the vmdk file use the flat.vmdk file?

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If you have another VMDK file that the same size and same controller, then you can copy the contents of that vmdk file (it's a plain text file) into a replacement vmdk file. The contents of the file will look like this. Do you have a backup of the flat.vmdk before you start this and was there a snapshot on the VM?

  1. Disk DescriptorFile

version=1

CID=886aeba7

parentCID=ffffffff

createType="vmfs"

  1. Extent description

RW 41943040 VMFS "IOMeter-flat.vmdk"

  1. The Disk Data Base

#DDB

ddb.virtualHWVersion = "4"

ddb.uuid = "60 00 C2 9b 45 1a d5 7c-7d 1d c0 e0 f6 4c f1 63"

ddb.geometry.cylinders = "2610"

ddb.geometry.heads = "255"

ddb.geometry.sectors = "63"

ddb.adapterType = "lsilogic"

ddb.toolsVersion = "7299"

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If you have another VMDK file that the same size and same controller, then you can copy the contents of that vmdk file (it's a plain text file) into a replacement vmdk file. The contents of the file will look like this. Do you have a backup of the flat.vmdk before you start this and was there a snapshot on the VM?

  1. Disk DescriptorFile

version=1

CID=886aeba7

parentCID=ffffffff

createType="vmfs"

  1. Extent description

RW 41943040 VMFS "IOMeter-flat.vmdk"

  1. The Disk Data Base

#DDB

ddb.virtualHWVersion = "4"

ddb.uuid = "60 00 C2 9b 45 1a d5 7c-7d 1d c0 e0 f6 4c f1 63"

ddb.geometry.cylinders = "2610"

ddb.geometry.heads = "255"

ddb.geometry.sectors = "63"

ddb.adapterType = "lsilogic"

ddb.toolsVersion = "7299"

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JackWatts
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I have the same problem. I need to create a new VM from a flat.vmdk file. The way I got in this mess was I deleated the vmdk by mistake leaving only the flat.vmdk. This flat.vmdk happens to be the sever I run my Virtual Center on so I'm without VC until I can figure out a way to rebuild it and yes this Virtual Center server was running on a VM. Bad chose. How can I get into the flat.vmdk to modify it?

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