Having a very bad start of the day.
We were making a few changing to our existing VM's and accidentally seem to have deleted 😧 Drive vmdk for one of our servers.
I am looking at the datastore where D drive was located and it seems to be empty. Is there anyway i can have this vmdk recovered?
I have been going through a couple of forums and found this discussion on here where a user was able to get his files recovered without any active backup. Any help is greatly appreciated.
How to Recover a deleted folder and .vmdk file
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Create a dump like that.
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Dump received and usable.
Bad news - looks like I cant help in your case.
I only see one empty directory NANSIVMFP1 and eventually one 72GB file.
No descriptor-vmdks or any named references.
If we are aware. We have two types of vmdks,
1. vm name.vmdk - descriptor file which will describe where the actual resides.
2. Flat.vmdk where the actual data resides.
I am sure, you could still see the flat.vmdk if you ssh to esxi host and browse to the vm path ? If flat.vmdk exists, then we can recreate the descriptor file (.vmdk).
Please do not recommend that KB-entry.
It often makes matters worse in recovery cases.
To recreate a missing descriptorfile folks should use a sample descriptorfile and edit the variables.
Creating a regular vmdk just to delete the flat.vmdk again is contra productive in many cases.
I got you. Thanks for informing this.
Thanks for trying mate. Guess there is no way to have this recovered then.