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    I am running VISTA on which I have loaded a Linux VM. I am using VMWare Workstation 6.0. My system shutdown last night (not sure why). When I go back into VMWare Workstation and try restarting the instance, I get the following message:

    "One of the disks in this virtual machine is already in use by a virtual machine or by a snapshot"

    1. Is this a common problem, in which case what is the recommended approach to mitigate it.
    2. What is the solution?

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    Re: One of the disks in this virtual machine is already in use by a virtual ma

    do you perhaps in folder where your VM is have a .lck file/folders

    If so then delete them and you should then be able to open it
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      Re: One of the disks in this virtual machine is already in use by a virtual ma

      Originally posted by nikhilkumar View Post
      I am running VISTA on which I have loaded a Linux VM. I am using VMWare Workstation 6.0. My system shutdown last night (not sure why). When I go back into VMWare Workstation and try restarting the instance, I get the following message:

      "One of the disks in this virtual machine is already in use by a virtual machine or by a snapshot"

      1. Is this a common problem, in which case what is the recommended approach to mitigate it.
      It would be a common problem if it was common for your PC to shut down ungracefully. Your PC doesn't boot from ROM, guaranteeing you a clean OS boot each time no matter what the circumstances. It's got a disk drive with moving parts inside of it, upon which VMware and VMs are dependent.

      Originally posted by nikhilkumar View Post
      2. What is the solution?
      MAISH provided you with a good solution.
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