I have started using VirtualBox in Windows 7 out of curiosity and for testing purposes. (Mainly, I want to test Linux distros and to try and see how Windows works in this environment - so that I might use VB in the future in Linux and Mac, etc).
I have installed Windows 7 in this VB.
I cannot use my Samsung 500 GB FAT32 external drive in this virtual Win7.
I have connected the drive and have checked the USB under the settings of the virtual Win7.
I have also selected the drive in the right-click menu of the virtual machine's USB tray icon.
After this action the Samsung external HDD stops also being accessible from the host (non-virtual) Win7. (Unchecking this and refreshing the host Win7 Windows Explorer page would usually make it accessible again in the proper/host Win7.) At all times, the external drive is not accessible in the virtual machine.
What to do?