To read data from a floppy disk to a virtual machine, you must create a disk image that the virtual machine can recognize.
Some operating systems require you to use floppy disks to install them. Because the Mac does not include a physical floppy drive, and because Fusion supports floppy images only, you must use a USB floppy drive to create floppy images.
The Apple Disk Utility can create floppy disk images for this purpose.
- Attach a USB floppy drive to your Mac.
- Start the Mac Disk Utility by going to Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility on your Mac.
- Insert the floppy disk for which you need an image.
- In the Disk Utility window, select the floppy disk and click New Image.
- In the Image Format pop-up menu, select read/write.
- In the Encryption pop-up menu, select None.
- Save the floppy disk image to the chosen location.
- In the Finder, right-click on the created floppy image and select Get Info.
- In Name & Extension, change the file extension from .dmg to .flp and close the Get Info window.
Confirm the change when prompted.
- (Optional) Repeat the process for each floppy disk to create.
What to do next
To attach the images to a virtual machine, see Connect and Set Up a Floppy Device.