Datastore disappeared

So today I wanted to access my windows server VM, but I noticed it is off, so I turn it on by I get an error that vmdk file is missing and then I realized that my whole datastore disappeared.

I can see the drive in “Devices”. I can see the partition but the datastore is gone.

I dont exactly know how it works, but I think that the data are still on the HDD. Is it possible to create a new datastore with that HDD without formatting it?

I have no idea how this happened, I didnt delete anything and no one else has access to it.

The datastore had only this one HDD so basically the HDD is fine (and its conent probably as well) but datastore is gone. Running ESXI 6.7 u2




`Device Type: Direct-Access`

`Size: 476940 MB`

`Display Name: Local ATA Disk (naa.5000c50021a02dd8)`

`Multipath Plugin: NMP`

`Console Device: /vmfs/devices/disks/naa.5000c50021a02dd8`

`Devfs Path: /vmfs/devices/disks/naa.5000c50021a02dd8`

`Vendor: ATA Model: ModelNumber Revis: SDM1`

`SCSI Level: 6 Is Pseudo: false Status: on`

`Is RDM Capable: true Is Removable: false`

`Is Local: true Is SSD: false`

`Other Names:`


`VAAI Status: unsupported`


The drive is displayed when I typed `esxcfg-scsidevs -l` Question is how do I make a datastore out of this, without formating it?

I tried `esxcfg-volume -m` but I always got no matching volume found, no idea what I am doing wrong here.

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  1. Rescan storage devices may bring it back if it were unmounted. Otherwise, you may need to SSH into the ESXi host and mount it with esxcfg-volume -l to find the UUID and esxcfg-volume -m <uuid> to mount it.

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