After installing virtual machine on vmware workstation you cannot see your other physical partitions in virtual machine.
Everyone likes to open physical hard drive partitions on virtual machine in order to access all other files. We have already explained how to access physical hard disk on Oracle Virtual Box.
Steps to vmware Mount Physical Partition Steps
Here is the simple way to vmware open physical partition.
I have 5 partitions in my PC. I want to connect the drive D:\ Data to virtual machine. My Virtual machine is running Windows 8
Go to VM >> Settings
In the Virtual Machine settings click Add button.
From the Add Hardware wizard select Hard disk and click Next.
Put check mark on ‘Use a physical disk (for advanced users)’ and proceed.
I have 3 hard disks and 5 partitions in total, my D:\ drive located in PhysicalDrive1. Hence I choose PhysicalDrive1. If you want to access all partitions inside the drive put check on ‘Use entire disk’, but in my case I need only 1 partition so I checked ‘Use individual partitions’ option. Now click Next.
You will be directed to Select Physical Disk Partitions, choose required partition and click Next.
Specify a disk file name [example Data], that’s all finish.
Close the vmware interface
Then open it again as Administrator, now start the virtual machine OS.
See you can open the physical disk drive now!
[Solved] Physical Disk is already in use
After doing the above steps you may get an error message “The physical disk already in use, cannot open the disk”. In this case run vmware as Administrator.
That’s all about vmware physical to virtual drive mapping.
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