I have VMWare Fusion running on my Mac, running a Windows 7 VM. I accidentally powered down my Mac and the VM image won't restore properly, losing all my files I had worked on in that image. I have a snapshot from 2 months ago, but I really need a bunch of files I've created on that snapshot since then. Given the vmdk files (or maybe the other VMWare files), is there a reader I can use to peruse that hard drive, even if I can't get the image to boot properly. Or is there any other way to read the file system?
Oddly enough, the image thinks it's in the paused state, so I try to "play" the VM only to get a fatal error running it.
Edit: I tried the answer below and it worked. Creating a new VM based on the existing hard disk was able to find my old data. Interestingly, when selecting which vmdk file to create my new VM's hard disk from, there were several possible vmdk files that VMWare Fusion recognized. It looks like every snapshot I had created another valid vmdk file. My VM was named "Windows 7", and I had vmdk files named "Windows 7-000001-s00x.vmdk" where x is a series of files that compose one functional vmdk group - for each group, only one vmdk file is considered the base file that can be used (the root is named "Windows 7-000001.vmdk").
I resorted to looking at the dates on each of the valid vmdk files and picking the last one before I crashed my VM. While there were a few unrelated warnings that popped up, I was able to retrieve all the lost information.