VMWare Workstation Linked Clone Disk will not mount, crashes program

Posted on 2012-08-21
Last Modified: 2012-08-22
I have a VMWare workstation 8 machine using a linked clone file. I tried to copy the vmdk clone file and its parent to a new machine.  Something failed terribly.  Now, when i try to start the virtual machine, the VMWare program just crashes and changes the virtual hard disk to blank in the configuration.  If i try to re-install the disk after it is deleted from the config, i get the error 'the file specified is not a virtual disk'.   If i try to mount the disk, i get an 'error reading volume informaion, please select another disk file.'  I tried running the vmware-vdiskmanager.exe -R command, and it found some errors, but it is still not working.  Please help me repair this so i can get my cloned disk back up and working again.  Thank you in advance.
Question by:eljasbo
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    i think i just found out the answer to my own question.  When i cloned the file initially, the cloned vmdk child was named the same as the parent.  This must have created a circular reference on the new system where it did not exist on the old one.  I ran the command vmware-vdiskmanager.exe /e on my vdisk, and it showed that the parent file it was looking for was the same name as the cloned file, and it produced a mismatched version error.  I renamed the clone file from vdisk.vmdk to vdisk_new.vmdk, and moved the same named vdisk.vmdk parent file to the same directory and all works fine now, and i get 'disk chain is consistent' when i run vmware-vdiskmanager /e.  I hope this is helpful to anyone else having similar problems.

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