ESXi v5 USB passthrough ext4

I have data on a removable drive that is in the ext4 format.  Can I plug that into a ESXi v5 host and use USB passthrough to allow it to mount to a CentOS 6.5 guest OS?  Or is ext3 the only supported format?  Do I have to install VMWare tools?
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TemodyPickalbatros, IT ManagerCommented:
In the vSphere Client inventory, right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.
Click the Hardware tab and click Add.
Select USB Device and click Next.
(Optional) Select Support vMotion while device is connected.
If you do not plan to migrate a virtual machine with USB devices attached, deselect the Support vMotion option.
This reduces migration complexity, which results in better performance and stability.
Select a device to add.
You can add multiple USB devices, but only one device at a time.
Click Finish.
New USB Device (adding) appears in the hardware list as Present.
Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, of course see my EE Article how to do it.

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

We have found that not all USB external hard drives are compatible with ESXi, and also note, performance is slow.

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gopher_49Author Commented:
I had to reboot my CentOS v6.5 server before the OS would allow me to mount it.. But.. the steps worked.
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