Use the datastore browser to move folders or files to a new location, either on the same datastore or on a different datastore.

Before you begin

Required privilege: Datastore > Browse Datastore

About this task


Virtual disk files are moved or copied without format conversion. If you move a virtual disk to a datastore that belongs to a host different from the source host, you might need to convert the virtual disk. Otherwise, you might not be able to use the disk.


  1. Open the datastore browser.
    1. Display the datastore in the inventory.
    2. Right-click the datastore and select Browse Files ().
  2. Browse to an object you want to move, either a folder or a file.
  3. Select the object and click the Move selection to a new location icon.
  4. Specify the destination location.
  5. (Optional) : Select Overwrite files and folders with matching names at the destination.
  6. Click OK.