how to mount a disk in Ubuntu Virtual Machine on Win7

James Gray james at
Tue Mar 4 00:52:26 UTC 2014

On 3 Mar 2014, at 8:04 am, Rajeev Prasad <rp.neuli at> wrote:

> The second HDD comes from a NAS which stopped working. FS on HDD is ext4. windows is not showing the disk, so i guess it has no control over it.
> I want to mount the disk on ubuntu VM running on this win7 machine and transfer data. this is what is visible right now... (sda is the VMware disk). pl give suggestions.

Seems the Google consensus is to use rather than go the VM route.  Positive reports from Win7/8/8.1 users.

As for mounting any physical device in a Linux VM, it depends on the the virtualisation framework you’re using.  VirtualBox you’d modify the VM whilst it’s off but basically
1. plug the device in (via USB)
2. go to the VM’s settings dialogue
3. Select Ports->USB
4. Click the icon with a green “+” symbol and select the USB device you plugged in (step #1), then click “OK”
5. Boot VM - your device should be available.  Mount and do whatever you need.



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