Image-based Backup Restored as VMDK File Fails on Subsequent Attempts to Run the Virtual Machine

Situation

You restored an image-based backup with MBR volume as VMDK file, then tried to run VMware virtual machine. Failure occurs on the BIOS initialization.

Cause

There are several causes for the occurrence of this error, such as an invalid partition table or operating system cannot be found for some reason.

Solution

Create a bootable USB. To learn how to do it, refer to the Recovery Disk chapter of the help documentation.

Once a bootable USB is created, try to run the following commands:

  • bootrec /fixmbr
  • bootrec /fixboot
  • bootrec /scanos
  • bootrec /rebuildbcd.