VMware Fusion for Mac OS X supports flash drives and other USB devices. VMware Fusion can forward flash drives and other USB devices to guest operating systems running in virtual machines. Mac OS X won't be able to access the flash drive while VMware Fusion is using it; only one operating system can use a USB device at a time. To open a flash drive in a virtual machine, you must first enable USB support for your virtual machine and select the device to connect. VMware will disconnect it from your Mac OS X system before connecting it to the virtual machine.
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Power the VMware virtual machine on by double-clicking its name in the VMware virtual machine library window.
Click the "Virtual Machine" menu and click "Settings."
Click the "USB Devices" icon in the settings window that appears.
Click the "Enable USB 2.0 Support" checkbox if it's unchecked, then close the settings window.
Click the "Virtual Machine" menu, point to "USB" in the menu and click the name of the USB flash drive you want to connect.
Open the flash drive in the virtual machine normally. For example, if you're using a Windows virtual machine, click "Start," select "Computer" in the Start menu and double-click the icon of the USB flash drive in the computer window.
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