How can I view the contents of a VMware Host physical disk on Windows?

I need to extract a VMDK file from a VMware Host that down due to a power supply issue.  I would prefer to put the physical disk in a USB enclosure on a Windows PC, then extract the VMDK files.  Is this possible?
kenshawjrAsked:
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slakicCommented:
You could attach the disk from your host to Windows or Linux machine, and mount it using VMFS driver
http://code.google.com/p/vmfs/

go to /volumes/{volume guid} and copy all virtual machine file from their respective directories.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, this is possible on a Windows host using

1. Winimage
http://www.winimage.com/

2. VMware Disk Mount Utility
http://www.vmware.com/download/eula/diskmount_ws_v55.html

The above utilities will allow you to mount(2) the VMDK as a drive letter or open the VMDK (1)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you can also use

VMFS Recovery.
http://www.diskinternals.com/vmfs-recovery/
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You are best, connecting the disk directory to the interface, rather than a USB disk enclosure.
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compdigit44Commented:
Using the vSphere client or browsing to the web interface of the host server you can browse the datastoreof the host and upload & download files from the host as well
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@compdigit44: askers host is down and broke!
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