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I've got the virtual harddisk (VMWare .vmdk file) of an old (crashed) virtual machine. How can I open this to extract files without booting from it or attaching it to a virtual machine?

I know Windows 7 can mount .vhd files as additional harddisks, is there a way or tool to do this with an vmdk file?

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Download the following: VMware Disk Mount Utility << The rest is all self-explanatory.

If you need more help: Click Here To Read Stepwise Instructions

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Thanks for your answer, I'll mark it as the right answer, but I can't install the disk mount utility, because it fails with error 1603 and the kb entry for this error doesn't help ...… – Hinek Jul 7 '11 at 12:42
Hi, Hinek, the Microsoft KB link is better: – adeelx Jul 7 '11 at 17:22
This page is 404 – deed02392 Aug 27 '13 at 9:28
@deed02392 Updated the links, thanks for bringing it to my attention. – adeelx Aug 27 '13 at 12:41
@adeelx And the link is once again dead. Here is the updated one:… – Alexander Johansen Apr 30 '15 at 8:02

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