Introducing FORENSICS QUICKIES! These posts will consist of small tidbits of useful information that can be explained very succinctly.
You're tasked with examining a VMware virtual disk. On your way to acquire the .vmdk file, you notice that there's not one, but several .vmdk files. A split VM! You know FTK Imager supports mounting .vmdk, so you go ahead and attempt to mount it. But...it only accepts one .vmdk file!
Combine those .vmdk files into one, single .vmdk. You can do this with the vmware-vdiskmanager CLI tool that comes with VMware. Simply run the command below and mount the resulting file in FTK Imager. Success!
vmware-vdiskmanager.exe –r theFirstVmdkFile.vmdk –t 0 singleFileResult.vmdk
Thanks to KP for spurring this topic.
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