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File lock failed, module disk powered up failed on VMWare


File lock failed, module disk powered up failed on VMWare

Some users have complained that VMWare applications display the following error message when attempting to open a virtual machine.

File lock failed, module disk powered up failed on VMWare

Unable to lock file
Unable to open disk 'C:\Users\\Documents Virtual Machines Windows.vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks on which it depends.
The power on of the 'Disk' module failed.
Failed to start the virtual machine.

In this article, we will delve deeper into the topic and see what you need to do if you see Module Disk Power Failed on VMware.

How do I fix the VMware Module Disk power-on failure?

Before solving the problem, we need to know what it is and what the cause is. The problem is that some VMWare files block your virtual machine. Needless to say, won't let you play the game. But the question is why is it blocking the virtual machine. To understand this, we need to understand the mechanism behind VMWare.

When you open a virtual machine, some files are there to control the operation of your machine. Files with the .lck extension are created as soon as the machine is turned on, and they ensure that multiple virtual machines cannot read or write to disk.

The lock files are then instantly deleted as soon as you close the VM. This is done to ensure that it does not interfere with any other service. However, in case of improper shutdown or crash, these files are not deleted on your system, which can cause the problem in question.

There are other reasons and solutions that we will discuss below. So, without wasting time, let's move on to the troubleshooting guide.

Fixed Module Disk Power On Failed on on VMWare

If you see "Module Disk Power on Failed" on VMWare, follow the prescribed solutions to resolve the issue.

  1. Delete lock folders
  2. Troubleshoot problems in Clean Boot
  3. Reinstall VMware

Let's talk about it in detail.

1]Delete lock folders


File lock failed, module disk powered up failed on VMWare

As mentioned earlier, the workstation creates a Lock folder that should be deleted as soon as you shut down your virtual machine. However, sometimes you have to delete it manually. We will see how to manually delete the Lock or .ilk folders. Follow the steps to do the same.

  1. Turn off your virtual machine.
  2. Now we have to go to your directory. If you know the path, go ahead, if you don't, right-click on your VM and click Open VM Directory. You will be redirected to a location in Windows File Explorer.
  3. Then delete the folders with .lck Folders.

Finally, restart your computer and check if the problem persists.

2]Troubleshoot problems in Clean Boot

Many applications can interfere with your virtual machine. However, there is no way to just play Inki Pinki Ponki and find the right app. That's why Windows has a utility that allows you to choose the application that is causing the problem, which is Clean Boot. You need to perform a clean boot and find out the cause of the problem and see what is causing the problem. Then, delete it and see if the problem persists.

Clean boot troubleshooting is designed to isolate a performance issue. To perform clean boot troubleshooting, you must perform a number of actions and then restart the computer after each action. You may need to manually disable one item at a time to try to identify the one that is causing the problem. Once you have identified the offender, you may want to consider deleting or disabling the offender.

3]Reinstall VMware

If your VMWare application is corrupted, besides the sudden crashes, you may also see these types of messages. We can easily reinstall the application to solve the problem. If you want to uninstall the app, make sure to create a backup, otherwise your saved data will be erased. Uninstall the app, then download it again, reinstall it, and check if the problem persists.

Hopefully, these solutions will be able to solve the problem.

Read: VMware Workstation Pro cannot run on a Windows computer.

How do I power a virtual machine in VMWare?

File lock failed, module disk powered up failed on VMWare

It is quite easy to turn on a virtual machine in VMWare. Open the workstation and navigate to the virtual machine you want to open. Finally, click Turn on the virtual machine and your VM will be launched. You can also right-click your virtual machine and click Power > Turn On.


That's right!

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Topic starter Posted : 16/08/2022 2:23 am