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Connecting an external USB HDD to a VM

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Q1:
Can someone provide a step by step instruction on how
I can get an external USB HDD (it's a Western Digital's
MyPassport 1TB & a HGST Touro 1TB ; both are USB3)
being detected by my VM running Win 2008 R2 Enterprise.
Screen shots would be useful.  I plan to write/save Win2008
Bare Metal backups to the external USB HDDs.

Q2:
Is it possible to have multiple VMs accessing one external
USB HDD?
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See my EE article which shows you in my Profile
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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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

Please note USB pass through is slow for an External HD.

VM Direct Path I/O is much faster, where you add the PCI express card to the VM.

See here for an example

http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/VMDirectPath/USB_Setup.php
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Don't understand the following:

> See my EE article which shows you in my Profile
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1560 total points
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That was typed, when I was mobile on my phone, I've later included the article in my second post! I was unable to include the article link in my first post.

this is the EE Article I refer to:-

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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