How to Mount VMDK Images With HFS+

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How to Mount VMDK Images With HFS+
VMware allows for PC virtualisation. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

HFS+ is the name used for the file system designed by Apple for their Macintosh computers and handheld iPods and iPhones. The major improvement in HFS+ from HFS is the support for bigger files from the upgrade to 32-bit block addresses. VMDK is a format used for virtual hard drive images and is utilised by the VMware virtualisation software. In addition to the support for NTFS and FAT 32 file systems under Windows, VMware also comes with a tool for HFS+ in Mac OS X.

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  1. 1

    Download the Virtual Disk Development Kit (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Open a new Terminal. This can be located under "Accessories" or "System Tools" in the "Applications" menu.

  3. 3

    Type the command "vmware --mount --p path" into Terminal and press "Enter." Replace "path" with the directory where the VMDK image is located. For example, the command could be "vmware -mount -p /HardDrive/Folder/VMDK/image.vmdk."

  4. 4

    Write down the partition number just created, which is displayed in the output of the command in the previous step 3. For example, the output from the previous step may be "Volume 1: 105MB Volume 2: 1024MB." Write down the volume number of the desired partition.

  5. 5

    Create a mount point in the "mnt" directory by typing the command "mkdir /mnt/hfs" and pressing "Enter." This will be used for accessing the files of the mounted image.

  6. 6

    Type "vmware-mount path number /mnt/hfs" into Terminal and press "Enter." Replace "path" with the same path as in step 3, and "number" with the value from step 4. The VMDK image is now mounted into the system and can be accessed in the "/mnt/hfs" folder.

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