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.
- 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.
- Verify that the virtual disk is unencrypted. You cannot map or mount encrypted disks.
- Mount the virtual disk to a drive on the host system.
Option Description Windows host Select. Linux host Select.
- Map or mount the virtual disk.
Option Description Windows host In the Map or Disconnect Virtual Disks dialog box, click Map. Linux host In the Mount or Unmount Virtual Disks dialog box, click Mount Disk.
- (Optional) You can also map a virtual disk from Windows Explorer.
- Open Explorer and browse to the .vmdk file you want to map.
- Right-click the .vmdk file and select Map Virtual Disk.
The menu also allows you to map the first volume of the .vmdk file to a drive immediately. If you select that option, no further configurations are needed.
- 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.
- 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.
- (Optional) View the mapped or mounted drive.
Option Description Windows host Select. A list of mapped drives displays. Linux host Select. A list of mounted drives displays.