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  • 1.  Delete datastore

    Posted Nov 22, 2011 09:13 PM


    I have ESX4 and Virtual Center installed. I want to delete a datastore. I have Storage vMotioned all the VM's and disks off the datastore. If I browse the the datastore from the vSphere client it is empty, if I ssh to a Host and navigate to the datastore it is empty. The problem is that when I want to delete the datastore I get the error that it is in use. Is there anyway to find out what is using the datastore?


  • 2.  RE: Delete datastore

    Posted Nov 22, 2011 09:18 PM

    Often issues like this are related to the virtual CD-ROM drive pointing to an ISO file (which obviously does not exist on the datastore anymore)

    I'd suggest you use e.g. RVTools ( to see whether this is the case and set the VM's CD-ROM drive to the Client Drive in such a case.


  • 3.  RE: Delete datastore

    Posted Nov 22, 2011 09:38 PM

    Thanks for the suggestion. I will give it a go and see what happens.

  • 4.  RE: Delete datastore

    Posted Nov 23, 2011 09:34 AM


    I have run the tool and none of the VM's are using the datastore in question.