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  1. #30


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I am trying to restore a Macrium image that I took from my first VMware machine into my second VMware machine.

    I defined the second virtual machine and ended up with a VMDK of 2.56MB. There seems to be no way to define a fixed VHD of e.g. 25GB like in vBox. So I really wonder how I can restore my image there.

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  2. #31


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Wolfgang,

    You should be able to select "Store virtual disk as a single file" and set the maximum size you want at step 7 for that. If you did, then the size will grow up to your max.
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  3. #32


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Right, I did that. But initially the VMDK is only 2.56MB. And how is the Macrium recovery program going to work with that. Plus I have not figured out how to mount that VMDK so that Macrium recovery can see it. Disk Management cannot deal with it. Is there a way to define a true VHD in VMware.
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  4. #33


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    You should be able to use "VMware Workstation Disk Mount Utility" to mount the .vmdk file. I don't know how it will go with Macrium recovery, but it should be interesting.

    VMware Workstation 5.5 Disk Mount Utility
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  5. #34


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Thanks, let me try that.
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  6. #35


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The Program does not install. I tried several times. All other programs were closed. I also ran a virus scan which came up with just a few tracking cookies - and rebooted the system.



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  7. #36


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Reason why I go thru all this trouble is because when I go back to Germany for the summer, I want to take the Windows 8 image from the VMware machine with me and install it on a VMware on my German desktop. And the same when I later come back to Florida for the winter. That way I do not always have to start from scratch with a new installation and can immediately work with my up-to-date Windows 8 and everything I have installed and tweaked.
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  8. #37


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Right, I did that. But initially the VMDK is only 2.56MB. And how is the Macrium recovery program going to work with that. Plus I have not figured out how to mount that VMDK so that Macrium recovery can see it. Disk Management cannot deal with it. Is there a way to define a true VHD in VMware.
    The disk is dynamic so the 2.56MB is only important (statistically) for the host. The VM will see the total (virtual) capacity, way larger of course.

    It will work on it.

    Why do you need static disks because dynamic ones grow in size rather than use the whole size from begin.
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  9. #38


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Wolfgang,

    You might give WinMount Free a try then.

    WinMount - Products

    WinMount - Mount VMDK file
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  10. #39


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Thanks Shawn. Let's try this. Odd that the MS product does not install. That is the first product I encountered that did not install.
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