Parallels VM >> USB 3.0?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by markp99, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. markp99 macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    New Hampshire
    I am currently using my rMBP with Bootcamp and VMWare.

    Mac can see USB 3.0
    Bootcamp can see USB 3.0
    Bootcamp via VMWare cannot access USB 3.0*

    [*] I am able to access the external drive via VMWare as USB 2.0 using a std mini USB cable in one half the USB 3.0 connector on the external drive.

    Question = Can Parallels access a USB 3.0 drive successfully?

  2. mrmikal macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    +1 ... having the EXACT same problem here via VMWare. If anyone has any luck solving this, a reply would be awesome!


    And, of course, after 2 minutes of realizing that the issue may be a VMware issue based on this conversation, I discovered this little nugget of suckage:

    The fine print is WAY at the bottom in which it says USB 3.0 is only supported with Windows 8 and Fusion (wtf?)...That doesn't necessarily explain why the drive can't even be seen or used as USB 2.0, but it might explain it.

    Oh may be inconvenient, but it's hardly a deal breaker. At least I know it's not a hardware issue.
  3. psykick5 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2011
    Yeah VMWare and Parallels are really pissing me off. FIX IT
  4. 262Runnr macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2008
    ...have the same problem.
    Here's an easy workaround:
    Please find below the details required.

    1) Windows 7 Guests are not supported with USB 3.0.
    2) No,installing additional driver wouldn't work

    Here i would suggest you to share the USB 3.0 drive as a mac-mounted volume and then map as as network drive in the VM


    1) Launch VMware Fusion
    2) Start Virtual Machine(Windows)
    3) Go to virtual machine from menu bar--> settings
    4) Click on sharing -> Make sure shared folder is on
    5) Click on + and add the drive --> this will map on Virtual machine

    Please find below some more information

    USB 3.0 support works only for OS that comes with USB 3.0 drivers.
    Which are Windows 8 and the recent Linux OSes.
    Microsoft hasn't provided USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.
    So no USB 3.0 support for Windows 7.

    Please feel free to revert back for any questions


    Technical Support Engineer – Desktop
    Global Support Services, VMware Inc.

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