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Add a floppy drive

It is possible to add up to two floppy drives to a virtual machine in VMware Player. A virtual floppy drive can be configured to connect to a physical floppy drive, an existing floppy image file, or a blank floppy image file.

Here is how you can add a floppy drive to a virtual machine in VMware Player:

1. Power off the virtual machine.

2. Select the virtual machine from the Library and go to Player > Manage > Virtual Machine Settings:

vm settings floppy

3. Click Add:

add hardware floppy

4. The Add Hardware wizard opens. Select Floppy Drive as the hardware type:

add hardware floppy drive

5. Select the floppy media type. Three options are available:

Use a physical floppy drive – the virtual machine uses a physical floppy drive on the host computer.
Use a floppy image – the drive connects to an existing floppy image file (.flp).
Create a blank floppy image – the drive connects to a blank floppy image file (.flp).

add hardware floppy drive media type

5a. If you’ve selected the Use a physical floppy drive option in the previous step, you need to select the specific floppy drive or select the Auto detect option to allow VMware Player to auto-detect the drive to use:

add hardware floppy drive physical

To connect the drive to the virtual machine when the virtual machine is powered on, check the Connect at power on option.

5b. If you’ve selected the Use a floppy image or Create a blank floppy image option in the previous step, you will need browse to the location of the floppy image file on the host system:

add hardware floppy drive image

6. Click Finish to add the drive to the virtual machine.

The drive should appear in the guest operating system:

guest os floppy image

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