Sorry to Hi-Jack this Thread but I'm new to the vmware forums,
Unfortunately today I am one of those poor folks that deleted a vmdk from a VM using the edit settings option. This is what happened. I created a new hard disk using the edit settings option from Vpshere Client on the VM. The VM already had 2 Virtual hard disks and I decided to add a 3rd. I selected all defaults created the 3rd hard Disk and then at at a later point decided I wanted to free up disk space on my data store and decided to deleted the 3rd hard Disk on this VM. Once again I edited settings for the VM selected Hard Disk 3 and removed and deleted it from the datastore.
It turns out when I initially created the 3rd hard disk, it labeled itself as Hard Disk 2 and Hard Disk 3 was in fact the VMDK that contained important data??. The VMDK I deleted was Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed and was created while my Esxi hosts were at version 5.0 ( I have upgraded to ESXi 5.5 Update 03 in the last week). I spent a few hours with vmware support and they recommended that I look at using Kroll On Track to recover the VMDK from the SAn where the datastore resides. Kroll on track is way out of my budget and after scouring these forums I see that there may be some alternative options. Is there any way I can recover this VMDK and get important folders and files from it?
Thanks for any help that you could provide.