I need to mount a VMWare disk image in Windows 7 64-Bit however the "VMware Mount Utility" only works on 32-Bit operating systems. Is there an application or method that I can use to mount the disk?
Unfortunately, 64-bit Windows will restrict the ability to load 32-bit drivers, which is why the VMDK mounting utility is failing.
I found this page that purports to be able to work around the problem by simply installing it in the
Program Files directory instead of
Program Files (x86), but it did not work for me; perhaps you will have better luck. You could also look for a third-party tool like vdk.exe, but alas, they too need to use a driver, which gets blocked—yes, even when installing/running as administrator (the source for VDK is available, so someone may take up the task of updating and compiling it for 64-bits). OSFMount actually has a 64-bit version, but unfortunately it only supports read-only for VMWare disks.
There are a few threads on the VMW boards about this and it seems that the old DiskMount (5.5) just doesn't support 64-bit Windows and that a newer one is included as part of the developer tools (as though only devs would need such a utility). So your options are to use the
vmware-mount utility from either the VMWare VDDK or the newer vSphere VDDK which contain a more recent copy of the mounting and disk management utilities. (Even these install as 32-bit by default and include a zip file with 64-bit versions of a few of the files including the disk management utility, but not the mounting utility.) You can mount a VMDK file with this, but note that it mounts as read-only by default; for write capability, you must use the
/m:w switch, and even then, Windows keeps giving a path not found error when trying to change/delete files on the mounted volume.
VMWarePlayer has a built-in mounting ability via the hard-drive settings, but again, even setting it to not—read-only gives errors about being unable to find the file. (VMWare Workstation also does this, but VMWare Player is much smaller and free.)
Update: I just discovered that you can make changes to drive mounted with
vmware-mount (from the VDDK), if you do it from an admin command-prompt (e.g.,
e: & del /f /q pagefile.sys). However, when doing it this way, it does not even appear in Windows Explorer. You can try experimenting with different combinations of permissions and user privileges to find one that works best.
You ideally use the official command-line-utility vmware-mount.exe
To get it, you have to register at VMWare (you need a valid email-address) and download the free 40 MB sized Virtual Disk Development Kit for vSphere (vSphere VDDK V5.1.0-774844).
Attention: Later versions like 5.5 or 6.0 do NOT include the vmware-mount-utility anymore!
After a standard-installation, you will find
vmware-mount.exeat the following path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit\bin
Don't worry about 32 or 64 bit, because it simply works without any problems, and that´s what counts in this case
Open a standard-command window there and mount your .vmdk-file with one of the available options.
vmware-mount [driveletter:] [path-to-vmdk] [options]
If you don't use the
/m:[w|n]switch, everything works perfect. You see your specified drive-letter in the windows-explorer, and you have full read-write access to the virtual disk.
Hint: Put your mount/dismount procedure in batch-files for corrections, future and ease of use.
You might try installing the XP Mode. It can be installed as 32 bit in a 64 bit environment, then you could run VMWare in XP mode.
Download the VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit.
Make sure to download the Windows version.
It installs in the 32 bit Program files (x86) folder, but it indeed installs the 64-bit volume manager driver.
Note, that, you do not need to be admin to mount a virtual disk, but you must be one to access the mounted volume.
You can use OSFMount tool to mount VMDK files on Windows.
OSFMount works with GUI or from command line and it's freeware.
You have 32 and 64 bits version.
Extracted from here: http://www.sysadmit.com/2016/07/vmware-abrir-vmdk-desde-windows.html
- Download VDDK 6.5.3 from authorized locations, e.g. VMWare.com.
- Run vstor2install.bat after extraction of bin\ folder WITH an administrative credential.
- Check vstor2-mntapi20-shared service through sc command. If not running then start it.
- Install VMWare Player with version above 6.0* and verify if there are mount options for .vmdk with the context menu.
- Mount function is good to go.
Tested on Windows 10 Professional Build 1803 CHT as of 01-09-18.
* Unconfirmed pre-requisites.
The other thing you can do is so easy step is:
- Open the Vmware Player
- if you have another VMX VM's like Windows Xp,Windows 7 then turn it off and go to its vmware settings
- In Hardware Tab click on the button "Add" and Select HArdisk option Browse to the file where your "Vmdk" file exists.
- Add it
When you turn on your VMX VM (whose settings you have changes and added the drive vmdk) then you will now able to find the other hard drive which is your vmdk file.