You can connect and disconnect removable devices in a virtual machine. You can also change the settings for a removable device by modifying virtual machine settings.

Before you begin

  • Power on the virtual machine.

  • If you are connecting or disconnecting a USB device, familiarize yourself with the way Workstation Player handles USB devices. See Connecting USB Devices to Virtual Machines.

  • If you are connecting or disconnecting a USB device on a Linux host and the USB device file system is not located in /proc/bus/usb, mount the USB file system to that location. See Mount the USB File System on a Linux Host.

Procedure

  • To connect a removable device, select the virtual machine, select Virtual Machine > Removable Devices, select the device, and select Connect.

    If the device is connected to the host system through a USB hub, the virtual machine sees only the USB device, not the hub.

    A check mark appears next to the name of the device when the device is connected to the virtual machine and a device icon appears on the virtual machine taskbar.

  • To change the settings for a removable device, select Virtual Machine > Removable Devices, select the device, and select Settings.
  • To disconnect a removable device, select the virtual machine, select Virtual Machine > Removable Devices, select the device, and select Disconnect.

    You can also disconnect the device by clicking or right-clicking the device icon on the virtual machine taskbar. Using the taskbar icon is especially useful if you run the virtual machine in full screen mode.