How to Add Hard Disk in VMware Workstation

In this instructional video, you will learn the precise steps required to successfully incorporate a disk into a virtual machine installed on the VMware Workstation virtualization software. Following these instructions will ensure a smooth and seamless process for your virtual machine.

How to Connect External Hard Drive to VMware Workstation

To add a disk to the VM on VMware:

Step 1: If you have not already installed VMware Workstation, see the VMware installation videos on Windows and Linux.


Step 2: After installing VMware on your computer, the virtual disk of the system is automatically configured by the program when you create a new virtual machine to install an operating system. And the virtual machine you made is stored only on your computer’s HDD.

Step 3: Configuring the virtual machine’s disk manually is possible. For example, you can add an external disk to the virtual machine.

Step 4: Click on Create a New Virtual Machine to add the external disk to the VM with VMware. Continue by selecting Custom in the Wizard window.

Step 5: In the Hardware Compatibility configuration, select the version of the Workstation you are using.

Step 6: Check the “I will install the operating system later” option.

Step 7: Configure the operating system and the installation location of the virtual machine in the Guest Operating System window and perform the basic steps.

Step 8: To add an external disk in this step, select Use a physical disk (for advanced users) in the Select a Disk step and continue to Next.

Step 9: In the Select a Physical Disk configuration, specify the external disk you want to add in the Device section. Suppose you do not know the PhysicalDrive’s number. Open Disk Management in the Windows operating system and learn the number of disks inserted in your computer.

Step 10: There are two options when adding the HDD installed on your computer to the virtual machine on VMware. These;

Use entire disk: Uses the total capacity of the disk you added.
Use individual partitions: This option is configured if you have sections on the disk that you added.

Step 11: Select the Use entire disk option and complete the virtual machine creation steps.

Step 12: After you add a portable Hard Disk / SSD on VMware, the operating system to install will be installed on this disk.

Step 13: Watch the entire video to apply all these steps in order!

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