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I've a large USB external drive, and I want to share a folder on the drive between the guest and host in VMware. I'm using VMware Player 3.0.0 build-197124 on Vista Home Premium. How do I do this?

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Is USB enabled on the VM? –  Dave M Nov 26 '09 at 20:02
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Make sure you have Guest Tools installed on the OS that you are running on the VM. After you start the VM in the vmplayer, in the toolbar click on VMware Player, then Shared Folders. In the window that pops up click on either Always enabled or Enabled until next power off or suspend, your call depending on if you need it once or need it all the time. If you have Guest Tools installed you can now drag and drop folders into the list and they will be shared with the VM. It doesn't matter if it's an external USB, or if it's your OS hard drive, whatever folder you drop in there will be shared with the guest OS.

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Thanks for this..because earlier you can only have a USB either on the guest or the host.. can you disconnect the USB when the VM is running ? –  iceman Nov 26 '09 at 21:38
    
The Shared Folder interface doesn't know anything about the device that is being shared. It doesn't care that it is USB or not. That's why you can use the drive by both the host and the guest. I understand how you can only have either the guest or the host using a USB device but that's not how it works here. The host is using the USB drive and allowing the guest to look into and write into a specified folder. That folder can be the whole USB drive, but the guest still just "thinks" of it as a folder. You should be able to remove the share, then dismount the USB drive without a problem. –  Marcin Nov 26 '09 at 22:04
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The Vmware docs say that to view the shared folder:

In a Windows virtual machine, shared folders appear in a mapped network drive if you turn on that option.

■ Shared folders are located in, My Network Places > Entire Network under VMware Shared Folders > vmware-host > Shared Folders > .

■ Shared folders for Windows NT guest are located in My Network Places > Network Neighborhood under VMware Shared Folders > vmware-host > Shared Folders > .

■ Shared folders for Windows Vista and Windows 7 are located in My Network Places > Network under VMware Shared Folders > vmware-host > Shared Folders > .

■ You can also go directly to the folder using the \vmware-host\Shared Folders\ UNC path.

■ In a Linux virtual machine, shared folders appear under /mnt/hgfs.

■ In a Solaris virtual machine, shared folders appear under /hgfs.

The Vmware docs say also that :

Do not open a file in a shared folder from more than one application at a time. For example, do not open the same file using an application on the host operating system and another application in the guest operating system. If one of the applications writes to the file, data corruption can occur.

I'll try a text file and check out

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