VMWare - duplicate vmdisk appears in datastore following the host being rebooted

We had a virtual server fail to boot up properly this morning as there was no more space left on the virtual disc.

The host was restarted and the virtual server restarted with no problems.

We did note that the HDD on the virtual machines pointed to a new location in the data store (See Attached)

Can we delete the original file (Dated November 2014) or will this affect the virtual machine?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No more space left on the datastore - SNAPSHPOT!!!! (your brain should be thinking and snapshots, and why, is the space so low on the datastore, datastores should be 20-25-30% free).

Have a read of my EE Article here

HOW TO: VMware Snapshots :- Be Patient


You cannot just manually delete files, this can affect the running of the VM, I can work with you, and hold you hand, to remedy this situation, if you follow my guidance.

You have snapshots listed on the datastore, can you check your VM Disk settings as per my EE Article, to check if the Virtual Machine is still writing to the VMDK (child snapshot!)

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