VMware: Cannot open disk due to Snapshot issue


Cannot open the disk ‘XXXXXX.vmdk’ or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.”


He's found that following the steps below fixes the problem and allows me to boot the virtual machine as it existed at the time of creation. DO NOT USE these steps if you need to retain any changes made to the virtual machine since the last snapshot:

Open the *.vmx file in a text editor and find the line that refers to the old snapshot file, which will look something like:
scsi0:0.fileName = “XXXXXX-000002.vmdk”
ide0:0.fileName = ““XXXXXX-000002.vmdk”

Change the value to the filename of the ~1kb .vmdk file (which happens to be the same as the name of the VM). For example, if your virtual machine was named “Windows XP Professional”, the line would read:

scsi0:0.fileName = “Windows XP Professional.vmdk

Power on the VM. It should boot normally, but because the snapshot file is missing, the machine will boot to an earlier state.