The USB flash drive with ESXi got corrupt and not bootable. What can I do?

The host has a DAS storage loaded with two VMs. The USB flash drive installed with ESXi 6.0 suddenly got corrupt and is not able to boot. I don't have a duplicate one. What can I do? Can I plug in a new USB flash drive and re-install the ESXi 6.0 on it, and hope it will boot up and see the two original VMs?
CastlewoodAsked:
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arnoldCommented:
The plain answer what other optio do you have but to recreate a bootable USB?
Make sure you do not tough the das storage while making sure drivers if any needed to access the data from das are included as well as drive the server are included.

Corrupt?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What can I do? Can I plug in a new USB flash drive and re-install the ESXi 6.0 on it, and hope it will boot up and see the two original VMs?

Yes, this is much quicker and easier than fixing the USB flash drive.

When you re-install, it will detect the existing VMFS partition containing your VMs, and ask if you want to Preserve the VMFS partition, select YES, so it does not overwrite the VMs.
rauenpcCommented:
The only additional thing you would have to do would be after the install. Once you add the existing vmfs volume as a datastore, you would have to browse the datastore, and locate the two .vmx files for your guests and then right click and "add to inventory"

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CastlewoodAuthor Commented:
Thank rauenpc for detailed direction. Without it, I wasn't able to get it to work.
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