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    Question ESXi datastore wasted space?

    I have installed ESXi on a Dell server. The server has 420GB of drive space in a RAID5 array with 6 drives (72GB each). I understand that RAID 5 discounts one drive for spare so that leaves 5 drives (approx) worth of space available to the OS (about 350GB).
    Now, for the problem. I have two virtual machines set up on there, each of which has a 60GB VHD. That adds up to 120GB, so in theory, I should still have 230GB, minus the overhead of ESXi itself but according to the manager, I only have 14GB of space free. How can I get to the rest of this drive? I need to set up a third virtual server on there and had intended to use the remaining space for it. 14GB isn't enough and I need the rest of the drive. What can I do?

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    If you could post a screenshot of the datastore details, we may be able to spot something.

    Also, have you got any snapshots?

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    I can get snapshots. . .

    I can get snapshots and etc of the system, and all otehr functions work as expected, I just can't find that other 200+GB of drive space.

    I did have the third virtual machine on there at one time, but deleted it from the manager so I am wondering of it just didn't delete that third VM's VHD when I deleted the VM. . .

    I can't figure out how to get into the datastores directly to see if it just didn't remove the VHD.

    Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to insert a screenshot here. . .

    Seems there is no provision in the version I have or something that will allow me to look in the datastore for the VHD files.

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks!

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    Thumbs up uhhh. . . DUH!!!

    Thanks to those who replied. . .

    I went ahead and re-set up the VM and told it to use an existing VHD and browsed for it and found the VHD that I had configured before, containing the 200GB os space I was looking for!

    Thanks again for all the replies!

    Wonderful forum!

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    On the overview (?) screen you can click on the datastore and manage the files on there.

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