The Specified Virtual Disk Needs Repair

Using Vmware Workstation is a nice tool to practice Cisco technologies. And sometimes you encounter errors that drives you nuts such as “The specified virtual disk needs repair” error message. This error could occur for example when you brutally shut down a virtual machine.

But no worries, there is a solution. If you are running a Windows host machine, run a Windows command line and type this command:

vmware-vdiskmanager -R “{path of the vmdk virtual disk}”

In my case, here is how I solved the problem:

d:\Program Files (x86)\Vmware>vmware-vdiskmanager -R "D:\Virtual Machines\ISE 2.0\ise2.0-000001.vmdk"
The virtual disk, 'D:\Virtual Machines\ISE 2.0\ise2.0-000001.vmdk', was corrupte
d and has been successfully repaired.

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