How to Open a Flash Drive in My Mac Computer With VMware

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How to Open a Flash Drive in My Mac Computer With VMware
VMware can use flash drives, webcams and other USB devices. (Paul Tearle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Power the VMware virtual machine on by double-clicking its name in the VMware virtual machine library window.

  2. 2

    Click the "Virtual Machine" menu and click "Settings."

  3. 3

    Click the "USB Devices" icon in the settings window that appears.

  4. 4

    Click the "Enable USB 2.0 Support" checkbox if it's unchecked, then close the settings window.

  5. 5

    Click the "Virtual Machine" menu, point to "USB" in the menu and click the name of the USB flash drive you want to connect.

  6. 6

    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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