I have a Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64bit guest OS running on VMWare Workstation 12 Player on a Windows 10 host. I was running Eclipse for a while recently when it got really slow despite multiple Eclipse restarts, so I decided to reboot the guest OS. It froze on the GUI desktop either shutting down or booting up, so I rebooted down using VMWare. After this, I kept getting kernel panics with the following errors:

run-init: /sbin/init: No such file or directory Target filesyste doesn't have requested /sbin/init run-init: /sbin/init: No such file or directory run-init: /etc/init Permission denied run-init: /bin/init: No such file or directory

I think my filesystem must have been corrupted somehow. I tried to boot into a Live DVD by loading the 14.04 DVD ISO as the DVD drive and checking "Connect at power on". I then started the VM and selected the DVD drive in the boot menu. However, it still booted up from my hard drive.

How do I fix this problem?

  • Is there any other way of accessing the guest OS file system? Perhaps by mounting the disk image which is probably somewhere in the VM files? – user1118764 May 17 '16 at 1:53

I ended up using DiskInternals Linux Reader to mount and read the vmdk file.

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