I am pretty new to VMware ESXi and was testing it on an SSD drive for a week or two.
That was easy enough. Had no issues and actually found it pretty easy to setup.
I had only 2 VMs...
- a trial of Windows Server 2016 Essentials
- an install of Ubuntu Linux v18.04LTS
I decided I would try to see what the performance was like on a conventional HDD so I imaged the SSD to HDD and was surprised that I had issues with the HDD after reinstalling. VMware would boot but it had problems with the VMs. It seems that the datastore does not show up (there is no storage) but I do not know why - or how to get it "back". The disc partition shows exactly as it should and everything appears to be intact.
If I try to browse for datastores I get an "unexpected" error and the VMware browser session must restart.
If I try to create a datastore (I read somewhere that there would be an option to create or retain existing data) I cannot selection the partition (only free space).
See images - hopefully they help.
How can I get the image to be functional with the original datastore?