Fix- Virtual Disk is not Accessible on the Host

Are you trying to open Virtual Machine but unable to access it? Receives an error message “virtual disk is not accessible on the host”? How to solve this error?

Don’t worry we are here to solve this error. In this section, you will get to know about this error and an explanation to solve this error with some smart tricks and methods to handle the virtual disk file error.

In the beginning, I would like to tell you about the files which are involved with this error. The virtual machine uses three-four types of the file format to save the data in their database namely .vmdk, .vhd, .vdi, .vhdx. These file formats are the most common formats for storing the data in the virtual hard disk of the virtual machine.

The data in these files are at a high risk of corruption when these virtual files are no longer safe from corruption. So let’s know how to save your valuable data from corruption and repair your inaccessible virtual machine.

How virtual disk is not accessible on the host error occurs?

Now talking about the reasons for this error in the virtual machine disk files I have discovered that the files in the hard disk of the virtual machine are the main reason for this disallowed issue.

As the data in the VHD or VMDK files are sometimes prone to corruption which makes the VHD or VMDK file corrupted. And which in results many times makes the whole virtual hard disk inaccessible.

Due to these unpredictable errors in the virtual disk files, the virtual machine gets damaged from inside and when you try to access it then it throws an error in the form of the virtual disk is not accessible.

What makes virtual disk files corrupted?

There are various facts which are knowingly or unknowingly happens with the virtual hard disk files that become the reason in making the virtual disk data corrupted. Some of the reasons have been listed below:

  • Virus attack.
  • Wrong and force shut down of the system.
  • Human errors.
  • Accidental deletion of important files and folders.
  • Cleaning the system registry.
  • Disk management in an improper way.
  • Forceful termination of the virtual files.

If you have performed any of the above-mentioned mistakes which make your VHD or VMDK files corrupted then most of the times you have face the virtual machine is no accessible on the host error which can also cost you in losing your important VMDK virtual data.

How to repair the VMDK file manually.

You can fix your VMware VMDK file by using these listed steps to do so. This will help you to manage your VMDK file which then automatically removes the virtual disk error from your system.

  • At first, open the command line window on your system by pressing Windows + R.
  • Here now move to the local installation of the VMware development Kit by using this path C: ->program files->VMware->Virtual disk Development kit ->bin.
  • Now type the command “VMware-vsdiskmanager.exe”-R along with the path of your corrupt virtual machine disk file.

Note: Use this manual method if you have enough technical knowledge as a minor mistake can cost you a large amount of damage to your virtual hard disk and all the important data may vanish from the hard disk.

Last word

So if you want to save your VMDK files data and want to access your virtual machine again then you can follow the above-mentioned trick. And if you are not sure of using this manual method then you can use the third party VMDK recovery software which is the easiest way to get rid of the virtual disk is not accessible on the host error and to repair VMDK files and to save your virtual data back to you after corruption.

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