Wondering how to boot from USB drive in VMware? Try this

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If you’re wondering how to boot from a USB drive in VMware, you’re very close to finding a definitive answer. All you need to do is read through this article to find it.

Being able to boot from a USB drive inside VMware is extremely important, as this allows you to access your VM even if the virtual system becomes corrupted.

It is worth mentioning that booting from a USB device is not part of the VMware characteristics of the older versions, as it is considered to be a possible threat to the integrity of your system.

Even though that is the case, there is a trick that you can apply in order to get access to this feature even with an older version of VMware.

If you want to find out the trick mentioned above, and the updated steps you need to take in order to boot from a USB device inside VMware’s latest release, read on.


Here’s what you need to do to boot from a USB drive inside VMware

For older versions of VMwarelaptop close-up - Vmware how to boot from usb device

  1. Download Plop Boot Manager and install it on your PC.
  2. Plug the USB drive in a USB port on your PC.
  3. Open VMware -> click File  –> New Virtual Machine.
  4. This will start the New Virtual Machine Wizard.
  5. Choose the Typical option-> click Next.

Navigate to the location of your ISO file:

  1. Click Installer Disc Image File (ISO) -> click Browse.
  2. In the browse window -> navigate to the location of Plot Boot Manager.
  3. Select the .ISO file -> click Open.
  4. Set the guest OS as Linux ->  under the Version section -> choose Ubuntu -> click Next.
  5. Choose a name for your virtual machine -> click Next-> select the desired disk size -> Next.
  6. Click the Customize Hardware button -> select USB Controller from the left side menu.
  7. Tick the box next to the option Automatically connect new USB devices-> Finish.

Seeing the no access rights to this file error inside VMware? Try these methods


For VMware 11 and above

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  1. Double-click the VMware Player icon to open it.
  2. Open the Virtual machine settings menu.
  3. Click the Options tab -> and choose the Advanced option found at the bottom of the left side table.
  4. Enable the option Boot with EFI instead of BIOS -> press Ok.
  5. Start your VM.
  6. Right-click the USB disk icon found inside your taskbar -> choose Connect (Disconnect from Host).
  7. Turn off your VM.
  8. Right-click the VM -> Power -> choose the option Power On To Firmware.
  9. Inside the Boot Manager -> select the EFI USB device -> press Enter.

Conclusion

In today’s article, we explored the best methods that allow you to boot from a USB drive inside VMware.

If these methods helped you answer your question, please feel free to let us know.

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