On Linux hosts, Workstation Pro uses the USB device file system to connect to USB devices. If the USB device file system is not located in /proc/bus/usb, you must mount the USB file system to that location.


Do not attempt to add a USB drive device node directory, for example, /dev/sda, to the virtual machine as a hard disk.


Verify that you have root access to the host system.


  1. As root, mount the USB file system.

    mount -t usbfs none /proc/bus/usb

  2. Connect the USB device to the host system.