esxi 6.0 data storage

Hello experts,

I created an esxi 6.0 HOST in my home lab and plugged a usb western digital external drive to make sure the device can be seen under the storage device but noting shows.

Does the ESXI only see one usb device? I only see the flash device I used to boot it with but it does not see anything else.

let me know how can I add this usb drive as a datastore? Thanks,
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
let me know how can I add this usb drive as a datastore? Thanks,

I'm sorry to inform you USB External disk drives, or USB flash drives are NOT Supported for VMFS datastores.

Only Local SATA, SAS Disks, RAID, or PCI-E Flash, or SSDs.

You could also use iSCSI or NFS shared storage.

Some USB devices can be presented via USB passthrough to virtual machines, see my EE Article here

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

But be warned ONLY supported devices, in the VMware KB are supported.!
SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
In this case shall I just select the local hard drive of the laptop that I am using to run the ESXI?
SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
I don't need the content on the Local HD.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That should work, just select Add Datastore, select the disk, and create a new datastore.

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SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
Thank you sir.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems.

Just remember a single disk, you have no resilience! RAID would be better.
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