How to Repair VMDK Files

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"VMDK files are the actual virtual hard drive for the virtual guest operation system," according to Petri IT Knowledgebase. VMDK files boot virtual machines on the VMWare software package. If a VMDK file is malfunctioning or missing, you cannot boot your virtual machine. Fortunately, features and tools that are native to your Windows operating system can repair VMDK files easily. You can restore VMDK files with the Windows System File Checker.

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  1. 1

    Press the "Windows" key and "R" at the same time. This opens the Run utility. Type "cmd" in the search box and press "Enter." This opens the Command Prompt.

  2. 2

    Type "sfc /scannow" at the prompt and press "Enter." The System File Checker will open and immediately scan all of your protected system files. Allow the tool to detect and repair the VMDK files. Exit the Command Prompt.

  3. 3

    Restart your system.

Tips and warnings

  • You must be logged in as an administrator to run the System File Checker utility.

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