Insufficient disk space while tring to consolidate disks

I am receiving the following error "insufficient disk space on data store" when I attempt to consolidate disks which I am doing because of a warning I am getting to consolidate.  I am clear out of disk space!  What can I do?
NytroZAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Firstly, act with caution, damage could have already been done.

Do not use the Consolidate option it rarely works.

How much space do you have....

1. Power off the VM intermediately, because the snapshot will be growing.....

and then I can help you further....
NytroZAuthor Commented:
Well unfortunately we tried to use that option a few times without luck!

The vm is powered down.  

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NytroZAuthor Commented:
This is not a production server but I would like to try to save it to avoid the work involved to recreate it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you have powered it off.....there should be now space in use by the VM SWAP file, and also the virtual disks should not grow any more...

Make sure the virtual machine disks are not connected to any backup appliance...

1. Right Click the VM - Snapshot > Take Snapshot (enter name and description!)test

2. wait 60 seconds

3. Right Click the VM - Snapshot Manager > Delete ALL

4. BE PATIENT whilst it's merged! (deleted!)
NytroZAuthor Commented:
Error received stating that .vmx file is not found.  Browsing the data store shows that it is indeed in the data store.  I have attached an image showing this.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
can you scroll down the datastore list...
NytroZAuthor Commented:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you click Right Click VM - Edit Settings, can you check the disk properties of the VM, which is writing to a snapshot.
NytroZAuthor Commented:
Is this what you are looking for?  There are 5 disks attached to this vm.  Virtual disks 1 and 2 are writing to data store 1  Disks 3,4,and 5 are each writing to a different data store.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
and when you select Snapshot > Take snapshot, with nothing ticked, you get this error message ?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
NytroZAuthor Commented:
I can't tick anything....it is grey out.  So yes, I have tried it several times.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you have not removed any disks?

I think the files got corrupted when you ran out of space.
NytroZAuthor Commented:
After following the article I was able to get a snapshot and currently in the process of deleting all.  At 95%.  I will keep you posted.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
be patient.....
NytroZAuthor Commented:
Deleting the snapshots completed, unfortunately it is still asking to consolidate the disks!
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
check if still on a snapshot
NytroZAuthor Commented:
Yes, one of the disks still had a snapshot
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
did you follow my procedure above ?
NytroZAuthor Commented:
I followed it to the letter!  I was even patient....anyhow, I'm trying again.  How much space is needed to get a snapshot?  If I have a 100GB data store, how much of that can I use to create a virtual disk?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
okay power off and repeat.
NytroZAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your help Andrew!  I was able to clear up all the snapshots and rid the system of the consolidation error.  You are a great person!
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