vmdk files are virtual disks, if you deleted the vmdk file that your OS was installed on, you would either need to restore it from backup or create a new disk and reinstall the OS. Deleting the vmdk file is like removing a HDD from a physical machine....
1. I'm not sure how to recover those two Windows XP Professional - 000001.vmdk and Windows XP Professional - 000002.vmdk .
(I assumed they were just for the two Snapshots because I still had Windows XP Professional.vmdk which I assumed was the basic VM.)
I ran backups of the VM to a Seagate external drive but doesn't have any VM files that I can find.
I do have Time Machine running that backs up on Time Capsule, but have never tried to restore anything. Do I just go into Time Machine and click the last date?
2. Instead of what I did do, what would have been the correct procedure for me to have freed up the space?
Here's some good info I found on snapshots http://www.virtualizationtrainings.com/vmware-advanced-study/all-about-snapshots-in-vmware-vi3.
I generally delete mine after they've served their purpose (snapshot, apply service pack, verify it works, delete snapshot), so I'm probably not going to be much help there... I'm also on different flavors of ESX (3.5, 3.5i, 4), depending on which site I'm working on.
Never delete snapshot files manually. ALWAYS use the VMware tools - built into Fusion, Workstation, etc.
Well, I did at first. But the memory hadn't been released yet. I restarted the computer but it still handl't been released yet. So I did a files search and found 3 large vmdk files and deleted the two that I deduced corresponded to the Snapshots and left the other. But now the VM won't start all the way up with out the .000001 file.
I'm thinking my Snapshot deletion cleanup probably failed due to lack of space. I think I remember it giving me a funny alert about that I didn't understand.
Now what do I do? (I think that original bask vmdk disk is still there and avaiable. But Fusion is still requesting the two old Snapshot locations.)
Well if you can't recover the vmdk files that were deleted, the easiest course would be delete the whole VM and start over. Hope you have a backup of your date files