Find files on the data store that have been removed from inventory, but not deleted from the disk

I have ESXi 4.1 and with vSphere Client to manage virtual machines.

Some of my users continue to use the 'remove from inventory"rather than the option" remove disc "in vSphere when they want to delete the virtual machine.

This leaves the computer virtual on the data store but not used. I have since removed this privilege among the offending users but I need to do a bit of cleaning.

I have a lot of files on the data store where users have done this in recent years. Probably about 150 records but only 80 VM listed in the inventory.

Is there a way I can output, a report showing the data of each machine store directory in inventory so that I can remove anything not on this list? ID rather not to manually check the parameters of all 80 VM in the inventory.

Out ideal would be something like:

MyVmNameHere 1, \MyVmDirectoryHere1\ [DataStore1]

MyVmNameHere2, \MyVmDirectoryHere2\ [DataStore1]


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