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Move Drive to Different Datastore

Posted on 2014-10-22
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Hey guys,

I have a server with a C: and D: drive. I want to move just the D: drive to another datastore in Vmware esxi 5.5.

How can i achieve this?
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Question by:Cobra25
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ZabagaR earned 500 total points
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See my 3 pictures.

Edit the properties of your virtual machine and click on the D disk to see what datastore it's on.
Then on the virtual host server, browse the datastore.
Click through the folder and find your VM and the .vmdk file shown in step 1.
Download the .vmdk to your PC.
Then browse the datastore you want to move the disk to.  Make a folder (or not) to put the .vmdk in. Pick upload (from your PC).
Then from your VM, edit properties and remove the D disk.
Still from your VM, edit and pick add drive.
Choose the second option, saying you already have a .vmdk file to use for the drive. Pick the one you uploaded to the new store.
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by:asavener
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You should look into storage policies.

You can tag storage, then create a storage policy based on the tag, then apply that policy to your virtual disks.
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by:ZabagaR
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My solution above is 1 of a bunch of options. See here for more:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=900

make sure you don't have snapshots beforehand and power the VM off before removing and adding disks.
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Do you have two virtual disks e.g.

c_drive.vmdk
d_drive.vmdk

or a single virtual disk with two partitions C: and D:

one_drive.vmdk ?
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by:Cobra25
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There are 2 virtual disks, not partitions.
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by:ZabagaR
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You should be able to use my advice then.
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Carry on as suggested, if you need further advice, or unsure, then post back.
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