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Relocating vmdk files to another location to free up disk space

Is this as simple as copying the files over to another volume and then editing the config file?  I am running ESXi free edition 4 i think.  Our Exchange server crashed over the weekend due to the snapshots running out of room.  I need to be able to relocate this files to recover disk space.  Can anyone point me to the right direction?
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Edit your virtual Machine and remove your hard disk (WITHOUT deleting it from disk)
Move your .vmdk (and associate snapshot if still any)
Edit your virutal machine again then add a new hard disk and choose using a vmdk.
Of course you will have to shutdown your virtual machine.

on second thought if you still have snapshot associated with that hard disk and you want to get rid of it.

Add a second virtual hard disk from a new datastore to your virtual machine then clone your old disk to the new one. Edit your virtual machine and remove the old one and change the address (scsci or ide) of the new one.
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Thanks for your reply.  Isnt a vmdk file a snapshot file?
When I got to add the vm again and then add the hard disk  u said choose using "a" vmdk?  Or do I use the exisitng one?
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Thanks Simon...you helped me out alot