You must add a generic SCSI device to the virtual machine to map virtual SCSI devices on a virtual machine to physical generic SCSI devices on the host system. You can add up to 60 generic SCSI devices to a virtual machine.


  • On a Windows host system, run Workstation Player as a user who has administrator access.
  • On a 32-bit Windows XP virtual machine, install the special SCSI driver that VMware provides. You can download the driver from the VMware Web site.


  1. Select the virtual machine and select Player > Manage > Virtual Machine Settings.
  2. On the Hardware tab, click Add.
  3. In the Add Hardware wizard, select Generic SCSI Device.
  4. Click Finish to add the device.
  5. Select the physical SCSI device to map to the virtual SCSI device.
  6. To connect the device when the virtual machine powers on, select Connect at power on.
  7. On the Hardware tab, select the SCSI device identifier to use for the device from the Virtual device node drop-down menu and click OK.
    For example, if you select SCSI 0:2, the guest operating system sees the drive as ID 2 on controller 0.