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VMware Player - Share Partitions Between Host and Guest

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    VMware Player - Share Partitions Between Host and Guest

    VMware Player - Share Partitions Between Host and Guest
    How to Share Partitions Between Host and Guest in VMware Player
    Published by whs is offline
    04 Feb 2013
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    How to Share Partitions Between Host and Guest in VMware Player

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    The original idea for this tutorial came from Horace (Hopachi). I only made the pictures, added some text and put it all together. Credits should go to Hopachi.



    This tutorial shows you how to share partitions between a VMware Player host OS and a guest OS. This may be useful when you want to share e.g. a Data Partition. The methods shown below have been tested with Windows and Linux as guest Operating Systems.

    Be aware that a shared partition is unavailable for the host OS when the guest OS is active. But as soon as you shut the guest OS down, the partition reverts to the host OS.

    I would not recommend to share a whole disk drive (in #9) - especially not when that drive contains your host OS. When the guest OS is active, your host OS would not function.

    I am showing two methods to accomplish the sharing. Just follow the numbers in the pictures after you have started your VMware Player. The last section shows how to unshare a shared partition.



    Method 1


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    Note: 1. Step 3 is not really required. I added it for clarity. It can be omitted.
    2. If you click NO to the UAC prompt, it will not allow us to use the advanced option from step 6



    Method 2



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    Unshare


    To revoke the sharing is quite simple. Follow the numbers in the pictures and when you are done with #5, play your virtual machine. The shared partition should no more show up. It should show in the host system.


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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Great work!

    Should be easy to follow by anyone.

    Thank you very much Wolfgang and Shawn.

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    Do you have tutorial on how to set up a VM using VMplayer? I've never messed with a VM in my life.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Hi bassfisher,

    The one intended for a Win8 VM Setup should be what you need first:
    VMware Player - Install Windows 8

    The same steps apply to any other OS as well.
    Just select the desired OS type when you create the VM.

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Hi bassfisher,

    The one intended for a Win8 VM Setup should be what you need first:
    VMware Player - Install Windows 8

    The same steps apply to any other OS as well.
    Just select the desired OS type when you create the VM.

    Cheers
    Hopachi
    Thanks Hopachi....that's exactly what I was looking for.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Hi bassfisher,

    The one intended for a Win8 VM Setup should be what you need first:
    VMware Player - Install Windows 8

    The same steps apply to any other OS as well.
    Just select the desired OS type when you create the VM.

    Cheers
    Hopachi
    Thanks Hopachi....that's exactly what I was looking for.....
    It was linked at the end of the tutorial. He who reads shall find, LOL.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Good notice. Links to related tutorials are found under the text.

    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    Thanks Hopachi....that's exactly what I was looking for.....


    Anytime.
    Last edited by Hopachi; 04 Feb 2013 at 15:54.
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