Virtual Machine not detecting external HD?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by SidZer0, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. SidZer0 macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2012
    So I successfully installed VMware Fusion 5 (Windows 7) on my 13' iMac. Everything works perfectly but the VM is not detecting my 1TB external HD. I'd like to download/store files to the external HD (when I'm using Windows) as opposed to the Bootcamp drive but I cannot access it. Any advice to get the VM to detect the HD?


  2. SidZer0 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2012
  3. miclar1 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2013
    I'm running Windows XP SP3 in VMW 5.0.3 but what I do should also work for you. If I need to transfer files to/from my external HD while in XP, I run VMW in a smaller window, then click my Mac desktop to access my external HD. I can then drag & drop files either way.
    If you really need to see your external HD from within Windows, there is a PC soft called MacDrive that permits that but its not necessary with VMW.

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