So one of my external drives started showing bad sectors. I did the smart thing and took a snapshot. Or so I thought. Turns out if VMWare cannot find your snapshot you cannot start-up an existing VM!
So I opened up the .vmsd file for the VM I am working on and compared it to another VM that had never had a snapshot taken. By removing the highlighted portion and saving it I was able to boot directly into my VM with no issues!
Very slick and sad to see there is no useful info on this currently out on the net. Especially from VMWare.
I hope this saves someone else's day like it did mine.