How to Import VMDK Files Into VMware

By Peter Thomas

VMDK stands for Virtual Machine Disk Format. This virtual hard drive can be played by VMware player and contains the partitions and data used by a VMware guest operating system. VMDK files contain only the actual data of the operating system. If you have a VMDK file and would like to use it in a new guest operating system, you can do so providing you know what operating system the file already contains.

Step 1

Click "File," "New" and "Virtual Machine" in VMware.

Step 2

Click "Next" and choose "Custom" for your machine type.

Step 3

Choose "Legacy" if your VMDK file is from an earlier version of VMWare. Choose "New" if it is from the current version. Click "Next."

Step 4

Choose the Operating System you are installing from the list and then select its version from the drop-down menu. If you do not know, click the radio button next to "Other." Click "Next" to continue.

Step 5

Enter a name for the virtual machine and then choose a folder to store it.

Step 6

Specify the number of processors you would like to use. This must match the number of processors on your computer. The default setting of "one" is the safest.

Step 7

Choose the amount of memory you would like to allocate to the operating system. Adjust the slider until it reaches the minimum requirements listed on the screen.

Step 8

Choose your network type and click "Next."

Step 9

Select "Use an existing virtual disk" from the Select a Disk window and click "Next."

Step 10

Browse to the .vmdk file on your hard drive and click it. Press "Open" to select it.

Step 11

Click "Finish."