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delete VMDK still in datastore after removing from VM through settings

Posted on 2014-03-11
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Greetings,

I have a VM with two VMDKs. One is the C drive about 80 GB. The other is simply a doc store, about 700 GB. I needed more space for the doc store so I added a disk through the VMs settings (different datastore altogether), then copied the current disk's docs to the newly added disk. I then went to VM settings and removed the original doc store disk from the VM (did not delete, just removed from VM). So, I still see it in the datastore.

Is it safe to just delete the VMDK associated with the disk I removed from the VM now that I am satisfied that the new disk is working properly?

Thanks
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Yes if you are sure that you don't need it and there is no important data on it you can go ahead and delete it. That would free up a lot of space for you.
It would not cause a problem as you have disconnected it from VM.

But again, be sure that there is no data on it and you are deleting the right disk.
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thanks Abhilash Hb. I am certain I do not need the info on it any more. However, I may copy it to a USB drive or NAS just in case I need to reattach it to get data from it. I have uploaded a screen shot highlighting the VMDK I would like to delete.
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Yes that would be a good thing to do than deleting it.
But if it absolutely has no data on it, it would not make sense to keep a copy.
But its left to you. And yes it looks like that's the disk with 700GB capacity.
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well, there is about 700 GB of data on it, but the data has been copied and been in production on another disk since 03/02, so I will copy. Thanks again
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