VMWare Fusion Virtual Machine Migrated from PC Laptop Keeps Crashing

Posted on 2009-12-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
I recently installed VMWare Fusion on my MacBook and used the built-in Migration Assistant to copy my Windows XP Pro laptop over to the MacBook. Migration seemed to go fine except that when I try to launch that VM it goes through booting Windows (XP Pro SP3) and makes it to the log-in screen, but then I get a BSOD and the VM reboots and it happens all over again.

So I think I need to do a repair re-install of Win XP Pro within the VM. However I can't seem to do this. I tried to set the VM to boot from the Windows XP install CD, but then when I got to the XP setup, it told me there were no hard disk drives available.

So how can I accomplish this?

Question by:anuneznyc
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    Accepted Solution

    Make sure you have the VMWare Tools installed. Otherwise it can't read the CD drive.

    Pull down the VMWare menu to Install VMWare Tools.

    Author Comment

    It wouldn't let me install the VMWare tools. I would select it, but they did not install.

    Found the solution here:


        * Unable to install/repair Windows XP operating system
        * You receive the error:

          Hard disk not found

    The hard disk not found error occurs:

          When you do not select the proper guest operating system information:
          Create a new virtual machine in VMware Fusion and select the proper Windows operating system on the Choose operating system screen.
          When you are trying to install a Windows virtual machine using an OEM installer CD.
          When Windows XP cannot find the SCSI drivers for virtual hard drive. For more information on install SCSI drives, see Windows XP setup cannot find any hard disk drives during installation (1000863).

    To manually install SCSI drivers for a Windows virtual machine:

          Shutdown the Windows virtual machine.
          Click Settings.
          Click +.
          Click Floppy Drive.
          Download the SCSI drivers at the SCSI Disk Drivers for VMware Fusion page:
                Extract the files to your Mac desktop.
                Power on the virtual machine and press F2 to enter the BIOS.
                Set the first boot drive to CD-ROM in the Boot menu.
                Insert a Windows bootable CD and restart the virtual machine.
          Press F6 in to install third party drivers.
          Connect the floppy drive to virtual machine and choose vmscsi- from the desktop.
          Press S to specify the device. The system prompts you for a floppy disk.
          Press Enter. They system displays the SCSI controller.
          Press Enter to install the SCSI drivers. The Welcome to Setup screen appears.
          Press Enter to continue.
          Press F8.
          Continue the installation.


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