I am running ESXi 3.5 with 5 virtual machines. I ran out of disk space and decided to delete the snapshots for one of my vm's. I deleted one snapshot with snapshot manager and it appeared to be deleted, but the vmdk file was still in the vm's folder, so I deleted it from the datastore browser (21GB VMDK file). This was a bad move because I found after the fact that I needed to wait for it to merge. I had 3 VMDK snapshot files and the one I deleted was #2 of 3. Needless to say, I cannot boot the machine without it.
I think I can recover the vm if I can get to a backup image that I have stored within the vm, probably in snapshot #3, but I have not been able to mount the snaphshot using winimage or VMWare Diskmount. I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong or if it is just not working. What is the best way for me to either recover my vm or at least extract my backup image out of the vm so I can create a new vm from that image? Thanks!