How to fix VMware No Disk Error at Launch

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After testing how to convert VMware virtual machines to Microsoft Hyper-V, I ended up getting a very annoying message when starting VMware Workstation. Here’s how to fix the problem.

Issue:

You are getting an annoying popup that VMware can’t find some non-existent disk and you have to click “Continue” until it goes away every time you launch VMware Workstation.

No Disk Error in VMware

Solution

  1. Edit the ‘favorites.vmls’ in your roaming directory:

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    C:\Users\[your_user_name]\AppData\Roaming\VMware\
  2. Find the bad entry and delete all of the references to the missing image, then save it.The file contents look like this:

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    vmlist1.config = "D:\vm\W7\Windows 7 Professional.vmx"
    vmlist1.DisplayName = " Windows 7 Professional "
    vmlist1.ParentID = "0"
    vmlist1.ItemID = "1"
    vmlist1.SeqID = "0"
    vmlist1.VmPath = "/vm/|75u5633deg3tt8f797r/"
    vmlist1.IsClone = "false"
    vmlist1.CfgVersion = "8"
    vmlist1.Dest = ""