Add a physical disk to VMware Fusion

1. Get Disk-ID from Disk ("disk1" in my case)
2. Open Terminal
3.Change current directory to:


4. Run vmware-rawdiskCreator with the right disk. This will create a new external-hdd.vmdk file in your home folder:

./vmware-rawdiskCreator create /dev/disk1 fullDevice ~/external-hdd ide

5. Open Vm Config file (*.vmx) with TextEdit and add following lines:

ide1:1.present = "TRUE"
ide1:1.fileName = "external-hdd.vmdk"

6. save and quit

2 thoughts on “Add a physical disk to VMware Fusion”

  1. I don’t understand why every single post about this on the entire internet has the same broken instructions. This leaves you with an unusable vmdk file that you cannot attach, open, or load in any way. I’ve done this 20 times now and that’s always the result.

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