ESX: 5.5 OS: 2008r2
I recently lost the disk descriptor file on a .vmdk file. The .vmdk was not the boot drive rather a secondary hard drive (sql database unfortunately), I followed the procedure here to rebuild the descriptor successfully. I then attached the drive back to the guest however it is coming up in the disk manager as an uninitialized drive. Is there a way to mount (perhaps in another os) it without formatting or does this mean that the data on the drive has been wiped out ?
@ewwhite The error seamed to occur when the VM was powered off and the name was changed (which was set to propagate through to the vmdk vmx files). I then tryed to start it and it couldn't find the disk at which point I noticed the descriptor was gone.
Disk 2 was the previous store for SQL Databases (Including vCenter).
I am in the process of trying to mount the drive locally in windows 7 however it times out. At this point I'm think the issue is because the vmdk was created with a para virtual iscsi controller. I tried rebuilding the descriptor with both Lsi and pvscsi and have been unsuccessful wither way.