Really Big emergencyyy - ESX

I have removed my esxi from my 200 GB disk then installed ESX
After installation my first disk name was Datastore1 whicg was 1 tb
ESX has made the first disk's nameDatastore1 so it does not recognize my datastore i have changed the datastore1 name to esxi and added datastore but this time it see an empty 1 tb disk

where is my files how should i recover them ?
3XLcomAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So you had an ESXi installation on local disks, with a VMFS datastore called Datastore1?

did ESXi and the VMFS datastore share the same disk?

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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
no local disk name was which is esxi installed esxi  and my datastore name was Datastore1
After i installed esx it see the installation disk as Datastore1 so it did not recognized the my real datastore1
then i change the new installations disk name again to esxi and try to add datastore1
but this time it see an empty disk.

now how should i make a recover. I did not write any thing on disk yet.
maybe it just done a soft quick format
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
okay, need to establish what you had.

ESXi 4.1?

how was this installed?
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
i have removed from my 200 gb disk ESXI 4.1 and installed esx 4.1
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
so you had a local 200GB disk which had ESXi 4.1 installed on it?

this 200GB disk just had ESXi installed, and your VMs with on another local disk?
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
yes exactly
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
this is what i mean
esx.png
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
okay, so how did you remove ESXi 4.1, or did you just boot the ESX 4.1 DVD installer, and install (over ESXi 4,1)
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
i have installed from dvd directly and never choose other disks for any operation. It probably made a quick format or just removed partition table just only.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Did you add a new datastore, and name it datastore1?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
after renaming new datastore1 - esxi
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
yes and i added datastore1 but it was empty.
other disks keept their files just that one lost everything
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So you re-installed ESX 4.1, and selected the 200GB disk to install the installation.

During the installation, it probably detected other disks and showed VMFS, but all you did was install on the first 200GB disk, which installed ESX 4.1.

Restarted, logged in, and you noticed that datastore1, did not have you VMs, what did you do next?

at this point did it show any other datastores?
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
it showed all datastores correctly while installation after i login to  vsphere i see just

ESX disk (new name datastore1)
datastore2
datastore3

i've added yedekler disk manuelly
changed datastore1 name to esx
and i've added datastore1 like it was on the old server
but it lost all files only in the datastore1
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
did you do the following:-

Did you select, Host Server, Configuration, Storage, Add Storage, Disk/LUN, Pick the Disk, Enter the datastore name Datastore1 etc?
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
yes exactly
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm afraid to inform you but that is a destructive process, which re-formats the VMFS partition, and destroys the contents, and VMFS metafiles. You have accidentally deleted all your virtual machines with this process, this process Adds (Creates) a new datastore, it does not mount an old datastore.

If you do not have a backup of the virtual machines, I would suggest logging a support call to VMware, or contacting data recovery company Kroll Ontrack Data Recovery Specilists http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/. If the virtual machines and data is important.

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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm afraid you've destroyed your original VMFS datastore, and created a new blank one over the top.

These tools would detect what ESX detects and observes, a blank datastore.
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
there are so many tools for ntfs and other systems. there must be a way what about http://www.diskinternals.com/vmfs-recovery/
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Its certainly worth a try.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You have nothing to lose, but lots to gain.

You have no Backups?
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
no i do not have a backup unfortunately :(  and this software is really expensive  as i see it is 700$
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The trial should be able to tell you if it's going to work though. So if the trial can detect your VMs, is $700 worth the recovery?
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
yes but the problem it work on a windows computer that should make everything worst. because this servers does not install windows so easy . it needs to re create raids for the drivers
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You could take the drive and connect to another computer?
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3XLcomAuthor Commented:
thnx
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