If you have all the necessary files downloaded on the drive and they are valid, you can just access the drive from your client machine(windows) and upload the files to a vmfs datastore in a seperate folder.
these files can then be used to register the VM to the esx hosts and if all the files are valid, it should work
Export your virtual machine as a OVA/OVF which will do integrity check during the operation. Anytime you need that, you may import the OVA using vSphere client. When we do this operation, we no need to focus on individual files of the virtual machines.
Hi hussainbte, thanks for your reply.
I've no more free space available on the disk that host the VMFS datastore.
For this reason I'd like to start a backupped VM directly from the external HD (a normal Western Digital MyPassport USB drive) and only to see if the backup would be really available in a disaster recovery scenario.
Well, you can mount the USB to the ESXi host as a NFS share and copy the files -- check the linked KB.
However, I don't think we can power on the VM from the same NFS storage.