I got impatient and did something silly without thinking: I hit the [Cancel] button on the “Cleaning up deleted files…” dialog after deleting all my snapshots. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted all the snapshots deleted; it’s just that if I’d thought about it at all I would have allowed the operation to just complete normally.
It canceled right away, and I ended up with 600+ GB of .vmdk files that I couldn’t see a direct way to get rid of, even though my VM has only about 200 GB of storage used.
After mulling this over a couple of days, I thought to make a new snapshot then delete it and see if the resulting cleanup would do the rest of the job. Looks like it worked.
Thought I’d share this tidbit. Perhaps there’s a proper menu entry I didn’t know about or something, but it’s nice when the code actually works when tasked with doing something shall we say non-standard or atypical. Thanks VMware!
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