You can delete any type of VMFS datastore, including copies that you have mounted without resignaturing. When you delete a datastore, the datastore and all the files associated to the datastore are removed from the host.

Note: The datastore delete operation permanently deletes all files associated with virtual machines on the datastore. Although you can delete the datastore without unmounting, it is preferable that you unmount the datastore first


Remove all virtual machines from the datastore.


  1. Click Storage in the VMware Host Client inventory and click Datastores.
  2. Right-click the datastore from the list and select Delete from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Confirm to delete the datastore.