.vmdk file lost from datastore

Posted on 2011-09-06
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I accidental removed the file "000005.vmdk" from the datastore. There are other vmdk ranging from 1 to 6 so only #5 is gone.
Nothing else has changed, is there any possibility to restore 000005.vmdk?

I'm running ESXi 4.1
Question by:Bstrdo
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That is a snapshot file. It seems you have several snapshots. You can't restore it unless you have a b/u of that file. You run the risk of corruption of your VM if you keep snaps for too long. How critical is it you retain the data in your snapshots?

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VM itself isn't that important, all I want is to keep the files inside of it.
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Unfortunately, there is no method of restoring the file you have deleted.

You may be able to download the file to a workstation (using Veeam FastSCP/WInSCP or Datastore Browser) and use the Mount utility to mount the VMDK file to a Drive Letter, for File Recovery.

See here

However, depending upon how long the snapshot has been running, the files may be lost.
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You maybe able to merge snapshots 1 - 4 into the main vmdk file, otherwise download the main VMDK and mount and open it.
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If you made any changes to the VM after each snapshot was created, and you 'need' those files, they are most likely gone. If the data you need within the VM is what you need, and changes were made to those files that are needed, it may be that you lost them with the removal of the snap file in question. My suggestion? Just revert the VM to its original state...i.e. remove all the snaps. Then, in moving forward, minimize the use of snaps and when doing so, commit/delete them within a day or 2.


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I didn't manage to recover the data and thus chose to reinstall everything. Thank you for your time though!

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No solution found, reinstalled everything.

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