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Add snapshot VMDK hard disk in a VM

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Hello,

I have a VMDK called XXXX-00001.vmdk. That is of course a snapshot VMDK disk. Accidentlly I have removed it from a virtual machine and unfortunatelly I am not being able to add it back again, vSphere complains that the object is no referenced (something like this).

Any ideas on how to add it or open the vmdk ?

I really appreciate as I really need the data inside.

Guilherme
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by:bgoering
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Hmmm - do you still have the file? Do you still have the base vmdk file?

You might try this:
Create a new virtual machine without any hard disk
copy the base vmdk file to the folder where the new vm is
Edit settings, add disk, use existing disk, and add the base vmdk

This should leave you in a situation analogous to as if you had reverted to snapshot on the original virtual machine

Good Luck
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by:maxihost
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Bgoering,

I have the base VMDK file and that VMDK is running on a Powered on virtual machine. On the same folder I see the base VMDK file (which I am running) and the snapshot VMDK file where I have some important files which I dont have on the base VMDK file.

Sorry, I didnt fully understand what you mean by "Copy the base VMDK file to the folder where the new vm is". Where do I access that snapshot disk here ?

Guilherme
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I guess I misunderstood your problem. If you snapshot disk is the same size as your base disk it would have been around long enough to grow to completely replace the base disk - It may be possible to edit it where the parent id is same as CID and use it as a new base disk...

However if the snapshot volume is smaller than the base disk you are probably out of luck unless you have the data backed up. This is because if you try to chain it you will get an issue where the underlying base disk has changed (because you are still using it in a powered on VM).

Is the snapshot -000001 disk the same size as the base disk?
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I am about to head out to the airport and will likely be mostly unavailable for the next week or so, but I found this article that seems to describe your situation as I understand it. Take a look and see if it helps: http://driveactivated.com/blog/archive/2007/11/06/recovering-vmware-snapshot-after-parent-changed.aspx

Good Luck
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