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Workstation cannot find file

I copied a VM from my archives, one that was operational some years ago. When I try to run it I get the message:

Unable to open file "F:\VMWare\SoftwareDev3_x64\Windows 7 Pro x64-cl1.vmdk": 

The system cannot find the file specified.

The files does exist but Workstation is not able to use it. I have searched here for a solution but so far have not found a way to start the VM.

 

 

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What a beautiful example for teamwork - warms the heart in this dark times !!!

Andre, Wil - lets finish this. Lets collect empty slices for all versions that are in use these days and upload them to a longterm stable location where we can download them with a link like ...

http://blabla.bla/workstation/empty-first-slices-by-value-in-descriptor/x-bytes.vmdk
http://blabla.bla/workstation/empty-first-slices-by-value-in-descriptor/y-bytes.vmdk
http://blabla.bla/workstation/empty-first-slices-by-value-in-descriptor/z-bytes.vmdk
...
http://blabla.bla/workstation/empty-middle-slices-by-value-in-descriptor/x-bytes.vmdk
http://blabla.bla/workstation/empty-middle-slices-by-value-in-descriptor/y-bytes.vmdk
http://blabla.bla/workstation/empty-middle-slices-by-value-in-descriptor/z-bytes.vmdk
.,..
http://blabla.bla/workstation/empty-last-slices-by-value-in-descriptor/x-bytes.vmdk
http://blabla.bla/workstation/empty-last-slices-by-value-in-descriptor/y-bytes.vmdk
http://blabla.bla/workstation/empty-last-slices-by-value-in-descriptor/z-bytes.vmdk
...

That will be very useful in future - we need those blank sizes every one or two weeks ....
Ulli

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - call me via skype "sanbarrow"
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Good idea, but with individual file sizes depending on the provisioned disk size, it's easier to create such files from the command line using vmware-vdiskmanager. In this case I wasn't able to create the required .vmdk from the GUI.

André

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Many thanks for the help. I copied the file suggested and used the file embedded in the PowerPoint and the VM was able to boot. I tried to run check disk however Windows said it could not do that, so, I restarted the VM to see if the C: drive check disk would run, it did not appear to run.

The project files I wanted to recover appear to be good, so I am hoping this process was a success.

Again, many thanks for this recovery, it is very much appreciated.

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