Use a physical floppy drive or a floppy image to add a floppy drive to a virtual machine.

About this task

ESXi does not support floppy drives that are backed by a physical floppy drive on the host.

Note:

You cannot use vMotion to migrate virtual machines that have floppy drives backed by a physical floppy drive on ESX 3.5, 4. 0, and 4.x hosts that vCenter Server 5.0 manages. You must disconnect these devices before you migrate the virtual machine.

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
  2. Select the Hardware tab and click Add.
  3. Select Floppy Drive, and click Next.
  4. Select the device type to use for this virtual device.

    Option

    Description

    Use a physical floppy drive

    Select this option to connect the floppy device to a physical floppy device or a .flp floppy image on the system running the vSphere Client.

    To connect the device, click the Floppy Connections button in the toolbar when you power on the virtual machine.

    Use a floppy image

    1. Select this option to connect the virtual device to an existing floppy image on a datastore accessible to the host.

    2. Click Browse and select the floppy image.

    Create a blank floppy image

    1. Select this option to create a floppy image on a datastore accessible to the host.

    2. Click Browse and browse to the location for the floppy image.

    3. Enter a name for the floppy image and click OK.

  5. To have the floppy drive connected to the virtual machine when you power it on, select Connect at power on.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Review the information on the Ready to Complete page, and click Finish.
  8. Click OK to save your changes.