Definitely use Verify and you can mount and explore the image file just to check there were no basic errors in creating the file.
don't forget also that for the REAL (physical machine) you can create a bootable USB version of Macrium. Just download / create the ISO as Kari said and then use RUFUS to create a bootable USB stick.
VMWARE (and VBOX I think) don't yet have the mechanism to boot a USB drive directly - no USB boot option in the VM's BIOS. Hwever once you've decided Macrium is fine I'd create the bootable USB stick for your REAL hardware. So much easier than physical DVD's - also a lot of machine (laptops / tablets) don't have physical DVD's any more.
Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
Jimbo, OP already has a rescue DVD. That screenshot and post of mine, that was a respond to OP's question which media to use to boot the vm:
Can I install VirtualBox on my non-boot drive, like D or E?
Can I install Windows 10 PE in the virtual drive, and then test my Macrim image into it there?
The issue seems to be I need a windows 10 OS on the virtual drive first?
Like this but with VirtualBox?
Macrium viBoot - Create Virtual Machine using Macrium Image - Windows 10 Forums=Virtualization
Thanks for your patience, i don't want to mess this up or I'm not on the same page here.
i would love to be able to replace the HDD if i could get my sealed (non user upgradable) type laptop open without destroying it.