Does reinstalling ESXi wipe all local storage or just the installation drive?

coeurdcom used Ask the Experts™
We had the RAID array that held ESXi fail and need to reinstall on a USB drive to get ESXI up and running again. I just need to know if reinstalling on the USB will affect another local storage partition on a separate RAID array (not the array that failed and has ESXi on it, we have VM's stored on it).


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Just like installing a regular OS, installing will only affect the drive/disk (or, in this case, USB) that ESXi is getting installed on. It will detect VMFS volumes and prompt if you want to overwrite those volumes. You simply select to NOT overwrite them.



Awesome thanks!

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