If you cant mount it with in OSX why not create a second virtual system and mount the virtual partition that has the files you want as a secondary slave partition?
I can see mounting it as a slave when in windows, in other words making a new Windows partition, boot from it, then access the problem partition to get the data.
I don't know if it's possible to mount the .hdd image on X natively yet.
I did it a couple of years ago but it involved first converting the .hdd to one format, then to another, so the Finder could mount it read only, then I was able to recover the customer's Quickbooks file. It took hours to do the conversions. I had to temporarily install some kernel extensions to read and manipulate the formats. I had some notes, I'll have to see if I can find them. I'm just wondering if there's not an easier way now, I haven't ran across the need to since then.
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