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Delete ESXi flat file

I removed a virtual disk and deleted its files from the disk but the flat file still remains in the data store!  What can i do to delete this file and recover the space on the data store?  ESXi 5.5
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

8/22/2022 - Mon
Jordan GUERDER

If the VM linked to this disk is deleted I don't see any problems to delete the flat VMDK. If you can't delete it, the file is still being used by the system.
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mario00

i didnt delete the vm, I deleted one of the virtual disks.  The descriptor file is gone but the flat file remains!
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mario00

The vmx file still has a scsi 3 entry associated with the drive.  Can I manually delete the entry or is there a better way to remove it?  This disk should not exist as it was deleted!

scsi0:3.deviceType = "scsi-hardDisk"
scsi0:3.fileName = "/vmfs/volumes/5371416e-1df8b7c6-ba57-d4ae527ec256/SAS_1/SAS.vmdk"
scsi0:3.ctkEnabled = "TRUE"
sched.scsi0:3.vFlash.enabled = "FALSE"
scsi0:3.present = "FALSE"
scsi0:3.redo = ""
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Jordan GUERDER

I don't advise you to edit a file manually.
Was the virtual disk removed when the VM was turned off ?

If you really want to modify the file it should work, but maybe think about downloading a copy of the configuration file.
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mario00

Vm was turned on when file was deleted.  After disk was removed the VM was renamed and migrated to new data store so it would rename the vmdk files.  Noticed afterwards the data store did not recover the space as expected.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

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