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esxi 5.5 datastore not visible(disappeared)

Posted on 2015-01-29
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In my home lab one of my esxi hosts had 3 datastores
ESXi2-datastore1
ESXi2-datastore2
ESXi2-datastore3
I deleted ESXi2-datastore2, but so some reason ESXi2-datastore3 disappeared too.
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From what I can see for the missing data store the SAS drive still holds an entry vmfs and furthermore I can access the contents from the esxi shell
partedUtil getptbl /vmfs/devices/disks/naa.600508b1001030393231374430300500
gpt
72957 255 63 1172058032
1 2048 1172056063 AA31E02A400F11DB9590000C2911D1B8 vmfs 0

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/vmfs/volumes/54982575-7dfde3e1-9cc0-1cc1de6f132c # pwd
/vmfs/volumes/ESXi2-datastore3
/vmfs/volumes/54982575-7dfde3e1-9cc0-1cc1de6f132c # ls
ISOs        Lab_VC      WS12        ex13-02     sql14-02
Lab_NAS     WC8.1       client8-01  sql12-02    sql14-03
/vmfs/volumes/54982575-7dfde3e1-9cc0-1cc1de6f132c #

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in theory I can copy the stuff over, and wipe this drive but I am curious if there is an elegant way to fix this!?

/vmfs/volumes/54982575-7dfde3e1-9cc0-1cc1de6f132c # du -sh *
25.6G   ISOs
13.6G   Lab_NAS
18.6G   Lab_VC
8.7G    WC8.1
8.3G    WS12
27.8G   client8-01
38.1G   ex13-02
22.1G   sql12-02
14.5G   sql14-02
18.9G   sql14-03
/vmfs/volumes/54982575-7dfde3e1-9cc0-1cc1de6f132c #

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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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both datastores were not on the same disk or LUN ?

can you execute

esxcfg-volume -l

at the console, do you get any results ?
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no 3 local sas drives and each datastore was on a separate drive

/vmfs/volumes/54982575-7dfde3e1-9cc0-1cc1de6f132c # esxcfg-volume -l
/vmfs/volumes/54982575-7dfde3e1-9cc0-1cc1de6f132c #

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if you click Add Storage does it detect it as an existing LUN/datastore, or want to overwrite it ?

It would appear to have lost the meta data some how. and/or symbolic link.

Also a re-scan of the storage system ?
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re-scanning did not help or refresh.

if I try to add storage - it would appear it wants to overwrite it so I cancelled
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