You can use VMware Remote Console to reconnect an existing virtual hard disk that was removed from a virtual machine.

Note: This function is not available in macOS.


Verify that the VMDK file for the existing hard disk is located on the target virtual machine.


  1. Access the target virtual machine in VMware Remote Console.
  2. If you want to add an IDE hard disk, power off the virtual machine.
    Note: Adding an IDE hard disk is not supported in Linux. The VMware Remote Console Linux client cannot perform operations on powered-off virtual machines.
  3. Open the virtual machine settings in VMware Remote Console.
    • On Windows, select VMRC > Manage > Virtual Machine Settings.
    • On Linux, select Virtual Machine > Virtual Machine Settings.
  4. On the Hardware tab, click Add to start the Add Hardware Wizard.
  5. Select Hard Disk and click Next.
  6. Select the desired hard disk type and click Next.
    Option Description


    Add an IDE device. This option is available only on powered-off virtual machines.


    Add a SCSI device.


    Add a SATA device.


    Add an NVMe device.

  7. Select Use an existing virtual disk and click Next.
  8. Select the file for the desired hard disk.
  9. Click Finish.