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How can I Attach an External USB 2.0 HDD to an existing VMWare machine?

We have an existing VM that we setup for a user to use as a database development machine. He has quickly filled all 80 preallocated GBs, and needs more space to continue to grow. We purchased a 250GB USB 2.0 external hard drive to increase capacity. While I can get the VM host to recognize it, I'm not sure how I can configure the VM to actually use it. So I have two questions:

1.) Is it possible for me to expand the current VM using an external hard drive.
If not possible,
2.) How safe is it for me to make a copy of the VM, and put it on the new external hard drive, and then booting it up from there. He uses SQL server 2005, but I think usb 2.0 should be quick enough to handle what he needs.

Thanks in advance.

VMWare server console: 1.0.4
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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larstr

VMware Server only supports USB 1.1, so mounting that drive as an USB device will probably not work.

Lars
guitarist5377

I have to admit, I have not played around with server as much, but I am very familiar with Workstation, and I just assumed that VMWare upgraded server's usb from 1.1 to 2.0 with the latest version along with workstation 6...
aterea

If you just wanted to mount the external disk in the vm as a seperate hard drive could look at http://www.keyspan.com/products/u2s2a/ .  This device acts as a Network attached USB HUB
You plug it into your network, plug in the usb device to it, install a driver into your vm then you can
associate that device with the virtual machine.
The virtual machine will think its a usb device and treat it accordingly.

Alternatively you could move the virtual disks to the external drive and extend them and the virtual partitions as indicated
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larstr

That's correct. VMware Workstation and VMware Player support USB 2.0. VMware Server 2.0 (still in beta) will also support USB 2.0 when released in a few months.

Lars
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immixGroup

Looks like moving the VM to a new drive is really my only option if VMWare server isn't yet supporting usb 2.0. Thanks for the input.