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Is there any kind of equivalent of the Windows "Recycle Bin" in vCenter 5.1? I was told it was ok to delete a machine many months ago.  Suddenly they come back and want some data off the long-ago-nuked VM.  Is there any type of recovery mechanism in that instance?  Thanks!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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I'm afraid not.

How long ago was it deleted?

Has there been much activity on the datastore since that time.

You could try VMFS Recovery by Disk Internals, in an attempt to recover the VM. Trial version is free, it will scan the datastore, and list any VMDKs, and VMXs that can be recovered.

We've had good results, when virtual machines have just been deleted...

Download trial here
http://www.diskinternals.com/vmfs-recovery/
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Great - we'll give that a shot.  It was deleted nearly a year ago and I've already given the bad news that it's highly unlikely.  But I had never chased this down to the end of the rainbow - so to speak.
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