You can set up a CD/DVD drive so that it is always detected, or so that you must connect it manually.

You can disable the Automatically detect physical CD/DVD feature while the virtual machine is powered on, but you must power off the virtual machine before you can enable this feature. Use the Shut Down command in the Virtual Machine menu.

If your CD/DVD drive is a USB device, Fusion handles it as a USB device, not a CD/DVD drive. See Configuring the USB Controller and Connecting USB Devices.


  1. Select Window > Virtual Machine Library.
  2. Select a virtual machine in the Virtual Machine Library window and click Settings.
  3. Under Removable Devices in the Settings window, click the CD/DVD drive to connect.
  4. Select the Connect CD/DVD Drive check box.