Delete a virtual machine on VMWare

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This tutorial is to show you how to delete a virtual machine from your VMWare box. The delete process is very simple with just a few clicks away, but, it is very important to understand what goes behind the scene of the delete process.

Do not fall into a hard case where you accidentally deleted a virtual machine, and later on, you discover that you need it. That’s a pretty common story.

You have two options when deleting a virtual machine from your VMWare box: Delete from disk and Remove from inventory.

Delete versus Remove
Delete from Disk actually removes every single file of the virtual machine. This will erase the data on the storage devices where it’s hardly to recover. There are some affordable recovery services (around $2000), but the chance to fully recover data back is not 100%.

Remove from inventory just closes the virtual machine from the VMWare box. It does not actually delete the files of that virtual machine. You can use the wizard Import Machine to import it back to VMWare, or create a new virtual machine and use existing hard drive images.

Step-by-step guides how to delete virtual machine on VMWare

Delete from Disk

  • Right click on the right machine, a pop-up menu appears

Delete a virtual machine

  • Select Delete from Disk

VMWare needs your confirmation before it deletes the virtual machine’s files.

Confirm before deleting a virtual machine

  • Click Yes to finish

Remove from Inventory

  • Right click on the right machine, a pop-up menu appears

Remove a virtual machine from inventory

  • Select Remove from Inventory

VMWare needs your confirmation before it removes the virtual machine from it’s console.

Confirm to remove a virtual machine

  • Click Yes to finish

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