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Adding DVD or CD Drives to a Virtual Machine

You can add one or more DVD or CD drives to your virtual machine. You can connect the virtual machine's drive to a physical drive on the host machine or to an ISO image file.

You can configure the virtual DVD or CD drive as either IDE or SCSI, no matter what kind of physical drive you connect it to. In other words, if your host computer has an IDE CD drive, you can set up the virtual machine's drive as either SCSI or IDE and connect it to the host's drive. The same is true if the host's physical drive is a SCSI drive.

Adding a DVD or CD Drive

1. Open the virtual machine settings editor (VM > Settings) and click Add to start the Add Hardware Wizard.

2. Click DVD/CD-ROM Drive, then click Next.

3. Select Use physical drive if you want to connect the virtual machine's drive to a physical drive on the host computer. Select Use ISO Image if you want to connect the virtual machine's drive to an ISO image file.

4. Do one of the following:

  • If you selected Use physical drive, choose the drive you want to use from the drop-down list or choose Auto detect.
  • If you do not want the CD drive connected when the virtual machine starts, deselect Connect at power on.

    Click Advanced if you want to specify the device node the drive should use in the virtual machine.

    On the advanced settings screen you may also select Legacy emulation. This is necessary only if you have had problems using normal mode. The legacy emulation mode does not support all the capabilities of normal mode. For example, if you are using legacy emulation mode, you cannot record CDs, you cannot read multisession CDs, you cannot extract digital audio from a CD and you cannot read or write DVDs. For details, see Legacy Emulation for DVD and CD Drives.

    After you have made any desired changes in these settings, click Finish.

  • If you selected Use ISO Image, enter the path and filename for the image file or click Browse to navigate to the file.
  • If you do not want the CD drive connected when the virtual machine starts, deselect Connect at power on.

    Click Advanced if you want to specify the device node the drive should use in the virtual machine.

    After you have made any desired changes in these settings, click Finish.

    5. The drive is set up initially so it appears to the guest operating system as an IDE drive. If you want it to appear to the guest operating system as a SCSI drive, click the drive's entry in the virtual machine settings editor and make that change in the settings panel on the right.

    Legacy Emulation for DVD and CD Drives

    The virtual machine settings editor (VM > Settings) provides a Legacy emulation option for DVD and CD drives attached to the virtual machine.

    On Windows hosts, this option is deselected by default.

    On Linux hosts with IDE drives, the default setting for this option depends on whether the ide-scsi module is loaded in your kernel. The ide-scsi module must be loaded — or you must be using a physical SCSI drive — if you want to connect directly to the DVD or CD drive.

    If you encounter problems using your DVD or CD drive, try selecting Legacy emulation.

    Note that in legacy emulation mode, you can read from data discs in the DVD or CD drive, but some other functions are not available.

    When Legacy emulation is deselected, the guest operating system communicates directly with the drive. This direct communication enables capabilities that are not possible in legacy emulation mode, such as using CD and DVD writers to burn discs, reading multisession CDs, performing digital audio extraction and viewing video.

    However, in some cases, the DVD or CD drive and drivers may not work correctly when the guest operating system is communicating directly with the drive. Selecting Legacy emulation is a way to work around these problems.

    If you run more than one virtual machine at a time, and if their CD drives are in legacy emulation mode, you may prefer to start the virtual machines with their CD drives disconnected. This ensures that you do not have multiple virtual machines connected to the CD drive at the same time.

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