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comment Recover Linux vmdk VMware file
THIS WORKED! Thank you so much Hendry / Wyzard. I used both solutions to get this working: I attached the non-bootable vmdk to a working Linux VM, copied a "good" MBR to the disk, and then ran TestDisk to find the EXT4 superblock and repair the disk geometry. Now I can mount it in the new VM I created and copy over the files I need. Thanks again, this saved me lots of headache. First order of business now is to create a snapshot :)
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comment Recover Linux vmdk VMware file
The partition table looks a bit better after restoring a "good" MBR, but getting EXT4 errors now: "ext4-fs bad geometry block count exceeds ...". I think resize2fs would fix the remaining problems but I am forced to run fsck.ext4, which gives me a ton of inode errors which I have to force rewrites on individually. Any ideas on how to repair the filesystem?
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comment Recover Linux vmdk VMware file
Ok will give this a shot then after trying to repair the MBR with a working Xubuntu install. Thanks. Don't worry, I have a backed up version of this VM in case messing around with it screws it up even more. How exactly do I "attach" the vmdk into the new VM, vs. mounting it?
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comment Recover Linux vmdk VMware file
Hendry, as Wyzard stated, I doubt VMware will let me attach a broken vmdk into another VM as it relies on the partition table.
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comment Recover Linux vmdk VMware file
Wyzard, unfortunately, no snapshot for this VM :( I will start making daily backups in the future. The script doesn't do anything but touch the MBR (512 bytes). It wipes it and then creates a new partition layout. I will try this tonight and report back. I had already thought of this, any other ideas?
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answered Use GRUB/GRUB2 to PXE boot OS image
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comment Use GRUB/GRUB2 to PXE boot OS image
Sounds good dynasy, but how exactly do I get gPXE option in GRUB on the actual Windows drive? Let's say I didn't have the option of CD / USB once the machine is deployed. This works only if gPXE is on CDROM. I need it on the drive at boot up. Also, the purpose of GRUB (or what I wanted to achieve anyway) is that I never need to go into the BIOS because we do not want users going in there when deployed (ideally, GRUB will try to PXE boot, and if that fails, boot from hard drive). Should my first step be to get GRUB installed on this drive? What's my best way to go around that? Super GRUB disk?
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asked Use GRUB/GRUB2 to PXE boot OS image