I am a co-worker with the original poster and I have the same hardware and same issue.
We have discovered that if when you create a VM, you specify SATA as the virtual hard drive controller type instead of SCSI, we don't see the corruptions.
We have also tried using an external SSD USB 3.0 drive without issues. Hyper-V VMs on the same hardware seem to work fine.
The Guest OS doesn't seem to matter (we have seen corruptions on Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 guests)
The specific commonalities that appear to be causing corruptions are:
- Make and model of laptop listed in the original post
- Windows 8.1 Host (we haven't tested other host OSs yet)
- Creating a VM using a virtual SCSI hard disk
- Creating the virtual hard disk on an internal SSD (we have only tried the model listed in the original post)
Thanks - this set of posts got me over the hump. Once I changed my VMWare 11/Fedora 21 disk type option from SCSI to SATA I was good to go. Prior to this single change, I was getting corrupted disks for Fedora 20 and 21 installs using LVM and Standard partitioning schemes. Even the default installation options produced corrupted disk partitions. I am using
* Laptop, Windows 8.1 Pro (it has an internal SSD that I am *not* using for the VM)
* Non-SSD host disk connected via USB3 for the guest VM and all media
* LVM guest partitioning scheme
* Fedora 21
* SATA worked the first/only time attempted. SCSI failed eventually every time within 1-2 boots
Note: I also give credit to the following page in getting my VM the rest of the way up when it came to troubles with VMWare-tools and shared folders.
I've been having this issue as well. I'm running VMware Workstation 11.1 on Ubuntu 12.04. The VM is a Windows 8.1 Pro x64. I've rebuilt this VM 4x now and after reading your post about the corruption being due to SCSI, I tried rebuilding it with SATA. So far, so good. I also noticed that the VMs that I have that have never had this issue were either built with SATA or IDE virtual disks. I think there's something to this being related to the virtual SCSI controller. I'll report back if my new Windows 8.1 Pro VM built with SATA causes me any grief.
What's odd, is that this VM worked great up until about 3 weeks ago, then all the corruption started. It may be related to the newest VMware Tools builds.