How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation? – When you create virtual machines using the VMware Workstation virtualization program, you typically create a new disk for the virtual machine.
How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

When configuring a new virtual machine with VMware, you can also use a physical hard disk. Using a physical disk on VMware will give you more performance. If you have an external hard disk, you can use this HDD for the virtual machine.

For example, in this article we will add the 320 GB HDD mounted with the USB 3.0 HDD box to the virtual machine. On VMware Workstation, you can use the physical disk in two ways. These;

  1. Using entire disk
  2. Using individual partitions

If you have more than one partition on the hard disk you want to add to the virtual machine, continue with option 2. If you will use the drive completely for the virtual machine, you can continue with option 1.

We recommend that you use the entire drive for virtual machine performance. Using physical harddisk on VMware may be necessary in some situations. For example, using a full disk for VMware ESXi 6.5 installation will save you time and performance.

In this article, we will create/prepare a virtual machine for VMware ESXi 6.5 installation.

How to Create a Virtual Machine for VMware ESXi 6.5 by Using a Physical Disk on VMware Workstation 14?

Follow the steps below to create a new virtual machine for VMware ESXi 6.5 installation using physical harddisk on VMware Workstation 14 Pro.

If you have not done VMware Workstation setup before, check the VMware Workstation Setup on Windows 10.

   Step 1

While we create a new virtual machine with VMware Workstation, you can see the external drive we will add it to the virtual machine from the following image.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 2

Open VMware Workstation 14 and click Create a new virtual machine. In the virtual machine Wizard window, select Custom (Advanced) and click on the Next button.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 3

In the VMware hardware compatibility window, select Workstation 14.x and click Next.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 4

Select the I will install the operating system later option and click Next.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 5

In the next article, we will prepare this virtual machine for ESXi as we will install VMware ESXi. Select VMware ESXi in the operating system window, select VMware ESXi 6.5 and later in the Version section, and then click Next.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 6

As an example, you can back up the virtual machine location to your desktop. If you want to back up to a physical disk, VMware Workstation will give you the error “The physical disk is already in use“.

Therefore, you will need to back up the virtual machine to a different location. Click Next to continue.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 7

The minimum processor requirement for VMware ESXi is at least 2 Core. Keep these values high depending on your processor type. After setting the processor hardware for the virtual machine, click on the Next button.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 8

Set the 4096 (4 GB) RAM value and click on the Next button.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 9

Select NAT as the Network Type and click on the Next button. If you do not know how NAT connectivity works on VMware, check out the VMware NAT Connection.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 10

Select Paravirtualized SCSI and click Next.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 11

Select the SCSI option and click on the Next button.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 12

On VMware Workstation we are the most important step to add the physical disk to the virtual machine. As you can see in the image below, select Use a physical disk (for advanced users) and click on the Next button.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 13

Open Disk Management on Windows 10 and find the number assigned to the physical disk.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 14

In the Select a Physical Disk window, select PhysicalDrive2 from Device and Use entire disk from Usage and click Next.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 15

In the Specify Disk File window, click the Next button.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 16

Configure the processor configuration of the virtual machine’s hardware options as follows. Ensure that the Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI option is selected.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 17

Click on the Finish button to close the window.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 18

You can see from the screen below that the virtual machine we have prepared for VMware ESXi 6.5 uses a physical disk.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

   Step 19

Also, go to the location of the virtual machine and check the disk configuration of the virtual machine by opening the .vmdk file with Notepad.

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?

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  Final Word

How to Add Physical Disk to Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation?  – In this article, we have created a new virtual machine for VMware ESXi 6.5 installation on VMware Workstation 14. Using physical harddisk on VMware will give you the performance increase. Thanks for following us!

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