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I’ve got a Windows XP vitual machine running in VMWare 2 on my Mac.

I’ve got a FireWire drive with a Windows-readable partition on it plugged into my Mac. This Windows partition shows up in the Windows XP virtual machine as a shared folder.

Is there any way I can make the partition show up in Windows XP as a drive instead? (E.g. the G: drive.) I need to do this because I’ve got a USB external drive that I need to clone to the FireWire drive. I can’t do this unless the FireWire drive can show up in Windows as a drive, rather than just a folder.

I’ve tried mapping the folder it shows up as to a drive, but this doesn’t make it show up as a destination option when cloning the USB drive. (I’m using Acronis TrueImage for cloning.)

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please consider next time editing your original question with additional details rather than posting and almost identical question. – heavyd Aug 17 '10 at 15:08
@heavyd — I see your point, but they are different questions. One’s about accessing the contents of external drive (which I realised how to do), whereas this one’s about setting it up as a drive in Windows. – Paul D. Waite Aug 17 '10 at 15:11
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You would need to tell your Mac not to mount the drive, and configure VMWare to use direct disk access rather than than filesystem access to make this drive available to the guest OS.

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