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I have some prior experience with VirtualBox which I find to be pretty straight forward to use, it's easy to find the location of the harddrive file. However in vmware it's proving difficult to find.

After going to VM->Settings in VMWare, and clicking on the hardware tab in the resulting window, and then selecting disk1 from the tree panel, I expected to find the path to the *.vmdk file that contains the harddrive for purposes of backing it up. But I was only presented with the name, and it is stored on some other harddrive somewhere.

How do I find the location of the .vmdkharddrive file?

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All of your mounted VMFS datastores are mounted as subdirectories under /vmfs/volumes. You can get to them either by SSH/SCP or alternatively via the Datastore Browser in the vSphere Client.

If you're just going to be copying the files off for backup purposes, ensure that you stop or pause the VM before copying the files.

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See: i.stack.imgur.com/RPrXp.png –  Zoredache Aug 7 '12 at 20:17
    
@Zoredache That's the disk file textbox I was referring to... –  leeand00 Aug 7 '12 at 20:30
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