I'm trying to backup data residing on virtual machines on an ESXi host.
What I would like to do is plug a 6TB SATA drive into the motherboard, then format it as NTFS, then backup data residing inside the virtual machine to the 6TB drive, then remove the 6TB drive.
The only thing I can think of is to use Raw Device Mapping to map the hardrive to the Windows VM and then use Disk Manager from within the VM to initialize and format the disk. However, this seems to leave me with a VMDK file on the disk, rather than a raw NTFS hard drive that I can plug in elsewhere.
Any ideas out there on how this could be accomplished?