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Moving ESXi V5 from USB to HD

Hi,
 
 I have setup ESXi V5 on a 4GB USB Flash Drive and OS boots from there.
 This setup created a problem working with Belkin 8 Port PS2/USB Combo KVM Switch.
 Basically the OS fails to boot from the Flash Drive while the USB cable is connected between the file server and KVM switch. So I am using separate set of USB keyboard and mouse for this server.

  Looking back, I should have just installed ESX V.5 on the hard drive instead of USB Flash drive.
  Is there an easy way to install ESXi on the hard drive leaving existing virtual machines intact?

Thanks.
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What hardware are you running?  ---> it is a rack server with 6 x  SAS 600GB each on RAID 10.
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I have a RACK server with 6 HDs (600GB SAS x 6) doing RAID 10 and it can have only 6 HDs.
I will have to move VMs to another/temporary VMWare, reformat this RACK server, and move VMs back to this RACK server.

I was hoping for an easy way out, but looks like I have no choice.
Thanks.
what type of hardware are you running?
I meant what make and model?  If it's one of the newer servers there is a SD slot.  You can get an SD card, install ESXi on it and remount the datastore.  This way there is no USB conflict....

just a thought.
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I will check to see if it has SD slot this afternoon.