The file is used by other application

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration' started by PigsOnTheWing, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. PigsOnTheWing

    PigsOnTheWing

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    Hello! I've got a problem that just popped up out of nowhere. I'm running the latest version of Parallels under Leopard. No problems until today. I'm now getting an error message that says:

    I actually started out today (and ran Windows XP successfully this morning) with a .hdd file named winxp.hdd. I already tried the method where I was supposed to look inside of the package contents for a lock file and remove it. I had no such file to remove.

    I then used a second method which stated I should open the package contents for winxp.hdd, remove the .hds file, rename it to windows.hdd, and then edit my virtual machine settings to point to the new hard disk, and then allow Parallels to convert the file to a new format.

    All well and good, I suppose, but when I attempt to start Parallels with the new drive, I get the same message about windows.hdd being used by another application. I've looked inside of its package, and, of course, there is no lock file in there either.

    Please tell me I'm not screwed. I don't have a backup of this drive.

    Thanks!
     
  2. PigsOnTheWing

    PigsOnTheWing

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    A total system reboot has allowed me to run Parallels w/windows.hdd without getting the file in use error message. Thank goodness!
     
  3. Eru Ithildur

    Eru Ithildur

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    It probably got opened by another user or process, or the file was 'closed' without the proper 'check-out' procedure to the file-system.
     
  4. rufuswashere

    rufuswashere

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    I am having the same exact problem! How did you do a "A total system reboot"? Many thanks.
     
  5. PigsOnTheWing

    PigsOnTheWing

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    By "total system reboot" I am referring to rebooting the Macintosh as opposed to just restarting Parallels and/or its Windows XP virtual machine.
     
  6. rufuswashere

    rufuswashere

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    I tried that -- still getting that same error message.

    Uh-oh, I'm worried. My XP froze on shutting down my Mac earlier, and so I just turned the Mac off manually. The Parallels Desktop reads that XP is "Stopped", and when I try to start XP, I get the error message that it can't start due to that disk image being used by another application.

    Any other ideas to help solve this would be most welcome!
     
  7. Kate

    Kate

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  8. JoeVerde

    JoeVerde

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    I have the exact same problem. I woke my MacBook, and it said that Parallels Desktop had unexpectedly quit. As soon as I relaunched and tried to start Windows, it gave me the "file in use" error.

    I tried removing the .lck file from inside the package, but then I get the message "the file is corrupted". VERY FRUSTRATING!

    Rebooting the computer doesn't help.

    Kate, thanks for the link, but it didn't help either. I'm dead in the water until I can get rid of this error message...
     
  9. rufuswashere

    rufuswashere

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    still not working ...

    I tried to delete the .lck file, and now the message reads:

    Parallels Desktop is unable to access the virtual hard disk image file /Users/psax78/Library/Parallels/winxp/winxp.hdd. The file is corrupted.

    Thanks for your help, still hoping there's a solution!
     
  10. Eru Ithildur

    Eru Ithildur

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    Did you try duplicating the file and the accessing the duplicated one?
     
  11. rufuswashere

    rufuswashere

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    Do you mean create a copy of the .hdd file, then delete the original, renaming the duplicate "winxp.hdd"?
     
  12. rufuswashere

    rufuswashere

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    I tried duplicating it, renaming it as the original file -- still "corrupted."
     
  13. Eru Ithildur

    Eru Ithildur

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    Ok, it was just a try, it should have sorted out any filesystem locks if there were any...
     
  14. Alicia

    Alicia Parallels Team

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    Hello,

    please, check this article. Will this solution help?

    Best regards,
    Alicia.
     
  15. rufuswashere

    rufuswashere

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    It worked!!!! Many thanks.
    Paul
     
  16. Shahin s

    Shahin s

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    Danteskasas

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