You can remove certain types of hardware from a virtual machine.

To remove hardware from a selected virtual machine, select VM > Settings, click the Hardware tab, select the device, and click Remove.


You cannot remove hardware from a virtual machine while it is in suspended state.

You can remove the following types of devices from a virtual machine.

  • Virtual hard disks

  • CD-ROM and DVD drives

  • Floppy drives

  • Virtual network adapters

  • USB controllers

  • Sound cards

  • Printers

  • Generic SCSI devices

You cannot remove the Memory, Processors, and Display device types.

You must power off a virtual machine before you remove a virtual network adapter, sound card, parallel port, serial port, or generic SCSI device. You must also power off Workstation 5 virtual machines before you remove a USB controller.