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Any way i can open a IMG file inside a VMDK file on windows, or linux without errors?

So i had a linux vm, where i wanted to move some files over to a USB stick. However, it was so slow, i decided to just add the vmdk file to a different linux machine to try it there. Big mistake, because i accidentally opened the, “first vmdk file” while the original vm was running on a 000001 file. (So there are a lot of vmdk files, there are 2 1kb files that are, what i presume leading to the full harddisk settings) Probably an earlier state i believe, because i couldnt find the files i needed. Now i get the “the parent virtual disk has been modified since the child was created. The content ID of the parent virtual disk does not match the corresponding parent content ID in the child.” error. I tried opening the 000001 vmdk in 7zip, but i got an error saying the img inside is “damaged”. It also says that with any other img file in VMDK files i try to open. Also, any time i try to mount it through the “map virtual disks” feature i get the same error.

Anyway i can succesfully open the img file inside the VMDK file in linux or something? Or is this a really simple error i can fix? I know how to use tech, just not very familiar with VMware workstation. I just want a few files inside the “later state VMDK”, the one that is giving an error.

I am using VMware Workstation on Windows 8.1.


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  1. For Windows 10, VMware Workstation features the “Map Virtual drive” right-click context menu that prompts to select .IMG file to mount. Double-check if it applies to your Windows 8 machine. Once the .IMG file selected, it is mounted and available as a local disk volume.

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