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Can a VMware session running linux be made to see a removable hard drive

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We have the FreeNAS OS installed on A session using VMware. We want to be able to backup data to a removable hard drive. I installed the bay and drive and can get VMware to see the new drive by adding it. Is there a way I can get the VM session running FreeNAS to see that hard drive?
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by:Axis52401
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The removable drive I need access to from the VM is a sata encosure. These aritcles show how to add a USB device. In the Vshpere it gives me the option to add hard disk but then I have to browse to or create a new VMDK file. I just want the drive to show up as there or in windows it might be called a network drive. I don't want to create a new VMware session on it as that will defeat the purpose of being able to save data and take it offsite to that removable drive.
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if the drive is not USB (1st EE Article), the only other option, is the 2nd EE Article adding a RAW Device.
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This putty program doesn't seem to want to connect to my VMware device. And the GUI parts the option to add Raw Device mappings is greyed out.
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How about this, is there any way of getting the VM session to see a USB drive? I see an option for adding a USB controller but that didn't appear to do anything.
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Yes, follow my EE Article.

After adding USB Controller, you add the USB device (when the USB external hard drive is attached to the host)
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Thanks that worked, however and this may be a linux problem with the guest OS. I copied some data to the usb drive as a test and then removed the drive then the guest OS rebooted. When it came back on I put the USB drive back in and it shows up as degraded.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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USB is plug and play, with Windows, so maybe plug and play is not supported on your Linux Distro.

Did you safely Eject the drive from the OS, like with Windows.
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