Due to one of the strange quirks the reply to reboot12 could not be moved in this new thread, I am re-posting it here and removing it from the original thread:
1. In VMware Workstation 8 descriptor file is combined with main .vmdk disk image (please open .vmdk file e.g. in HEX editor)
2. I use ImDisk Version 1.7.1 - (Compiled Mar 28 2013)
3. Right click on vmdk image file and select Mount as ImDisk Virtual Disk with default options
Well, then the dual - file mode does not apply to VmWare Workstation 8.
You can still mount that kind of .vmdk by selecting in IMDISK the right offset for the Volume(s) inside it.
In that type of image the MBR can be at various offsets, checking one of those .vmdk I have handy it is at offset 327680, but this can vary:http://reboot.pro/to...k-disk-volumes/
to which you (again "normally") you have to add 63 hidden sectors, thus the offset to the first volume is 359936 bytes (if the disk was partitioned under Windows Vista
or later, the hidden sectors will be 2048 instead of 63, so the offset will be most probably 1376256).
It is not difficult to get the data from the image itself, I seem to remember that adding this kind of check to IMDISK has been talked about but never implemented by Olof:http://reboot.pro/in...?showtopic=2220
But VDK normally works fine with these.
Now the .vhd, maybe it is one of the non-monolithic types?
Which size is it (the file on disk) when compared to size into the VM?