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ESXi 5.5 - Cannot boot any vms after crash

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After a crash on local RAID5 storage (which it turned out is a known problem on this IBM), the vms will no longer boot. All are acting as if there is no storage to boot from.

This leads me to believe that the vms are listed in vsphere but that the storage has in fact become inaccessible.
Linux vmz only show Grub or the F2 Vmware bios screen pops up, goes away, pops up, goes away, and nothing else happens.

I cannot export because esxi says it cannot find the storage. I am able to copy the files from the datastore onto remote storage but the copies have the same problem once added back into inventory and trying to start them.

I checked the datastore using voma and some other commands and see 'Found Stale Lock' on the storage but then the report also says Total Errors Found: 0.

I'm not sure what caused the locks but at one point, I ran the same command and those were gone.  

I'm at a total loss on how to fix this problem and sure hope some can offer some insight so I can get these vms back up.

esxi 5.5
server; ibm 3655 with local SAS storage
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