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How to make USB thumbdrive space visible as a datastore to ESXi 5.1?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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It's not supported.

You cannot create a VMFS datastore on a USB flash drive.

You can add a usb flash drive to a VM, see my EE Article


HOW TO: Add and Connect a USB Device to a Virtual Machine, hosted on VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX 4.1 ESXi 4.1, ESXi 5.0
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Can i use a USB to SATA converter to connect USB drive and use as datastore.


Here is my scenerio:

We have installed ESXi 5.1 on a USB pendrive. The hypervisor is running succesfully and i am able to login using vsphere client.
When we are adding the datastore, that USB pendrive is not getting detected as the storage device.
If we connect the USB pendrive with SATA converter, will it work?
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if the disk appears, as SATA it's possible, but performance may be slow.
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