I'm unable to connect my external hard drive to VMPlayer/virtual machine. The external drive does appear in the list of "Removable Devices" on VMPlayer but when I attempt to connect it issues this error message... "Connection of the USB device was unsuccessful."
This VMware KB article talks about the issue you are experiencing. Some information that would be helpful would be the following. This information is all assuming that you are having issues with "VMware Player" and not "VMPlayer". I'm pretty sure you actually mean "VMware Player". Please reviese your questions and title if you mean "VMware Player".
As a side note, it appears that a lot of USB 3.0 devices have issues similar to this.