VMWare Migration Failure

Attempted to migrate a live VM from one datastore to another.  It reached 91% and froze.  I received the following error:

A general system error occurred:  The migration has exceeded the maximum switchover time of 100 second(s).  ESX has preemptively failed the migration to allow the VM to continue running on the source.

I powered off the VM and then migrated without an issue.

However, when I now look at the data store I have two folders and one appears to be a new folder.  The new folder has the same name as the original folder with a _1 appended to the end of the name.  If I open that folder I see all the normal expected files.  If I open the folder with the original name I only see the .vdmk file.  Both .vdmk files are exactly the same size.

What should I do with that partial folder and how do I rename the right folder back to the original name.

First Data Store Folder and Contents
2nd Data Store folder with ContentsDataStore.png
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Delete/Move and Backup the original folder, which is no longer being used. I note from your screenshot, it looks like you have a Snapshot!!!

So please see my EE Article, and check if you have a snapshot....

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient

Before trying the following, Right Click the Folder, and Click RENAME

Renaming folders in the datastore is quite involved...it's alot of work, just to change a cosmetic folder name.

But here is the VMware Knowledge Base Article if you want to proceed.

Renaming a virtual machine and its files in VMware ESXi and ESX

You can use the CLONE option, to CLONE to the CORRECT name!

once cloned, REMOVE the older, wrong named version.
sfletcher1959VPAuthor Commented:
Forgot the original one that failed only showing the vdmk file.

contents of orginal folder after the failure.
First thing I'd suggest is to increase the timeout value if you have VM's with many large disks, see below.

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