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ESXi USB Pendrive Datastore

How to make USB thumbdrive space visible as a datastore to ESXi 5.1?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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hughes01Author Commented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if the disk appears, as SATA it's possible, but performance may be slow.
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