When you map a virtual disk and its associated volume to a drive on the host system, you can connect to the virtual disk without opening a virtual machine.
After you map the virtual disk to a drive on the host system, you cannot power on any virtual machine that uses the disk until you disconnect the disk from the host system.
Mapping a virtual disk to a host system is not supported in the standalone version of Workstation Player. Virtual disk mapping is supported in the Workstation Player version included with Workstation Pro.
- Power off all virtual machines that use the virtual disk.
- Verify that the virtual disk (.vmdk) files on the virtual disk are not compressed and do not have read-only permissions.
- On a Windows host, verify that the volume is formatted with FAT (12/16/32) or NTFS. Only FAT (12/16/32) and NTFS formatting is supported. If the virtual disk has mixed partitions, for example, one partition is formatted with a Linux operating system and another partition is formatted with a Windows operating system, you can map the Windows partition only.
- Verify that the virtual disk is unencrypted. You cannot map or mount encrypted disks.
- Select the virtual machine and select .
- On the Hardware tab, select Hard Disk, click Utilities, and select Map.
- On a Windows host, leave the check box Open file in read-only mode selected in the Map Virtual Disk dialog box.
This setting prevents you from accidentally writing data to a virtual disk that might be the parent of a snapshot or linked clone. Writing to such a disk might make the snapshot or linked clone unusable.
- Browse to a virtual disk (.vmdk) file, select it, and click Open.
- Select the volume to map or mount and select an unused drive letter on the host system.
- (Optional) On a Windows host, if you do not want the drive to open in Windows Explorer after it is mapped, deselect the Open drive in Windows Explorer after mapping check box.
- Click OK or Mount.
The drive appears on the host system. You can read from or write to files on the mapped virtual disk on the host system.