Background: I have a Mac Pro early-2008 DESKTOP :) with 3 HDD installed:

  • 1 SATA OSX journaled HDD
  • 1 SATA SSD partitioned with my OSX and Bootcamp for Windows 10
  • 1 SATA NTFS formatted drive for use with Bootcamp, installing programs and storing data

I have one hard drive that's NTFS and Boot Camp installed on an SSD that I share with my OS X installation. I'd like to be able to boot in to my VMware virtualized Boot Camp partition and access any files or programs I have saved onto my D drive, but it doesn't show. I tried to create the VMDK, by hand, and added it to Boot Camp VM, but it doesn't seem to show up?

Right now, I can only see that drive if I boot directly in to Boot Camp natively. Is there any way to see my NTFS drive from within VMware Fusion?

  • correct, I tried that method. Still doesn't work. Maybe cause it's a bootcamp partition being used as a virtual machine – Allen Aug 25 '16 at 0:35
  • sorry, let me be more specific in my answer. I have an actual desktop (Mac Pro) with multiple hard drives connected via Sata – Allen Aug 25 '16 at 4:04
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    Tuxera: OS X 10.7 and 10.8: Mac OS X Lion includes a new SMB/CIFS server called smbx. Unfortunately this closed-source replacement for Samba doesn’t allow any other volumes than HFS+ volumes to be shared ..... this issue has been fixed in OS X 10.9 onwards. I'm gonna test it as soon as I have found a spare drive. – klanomath Aug 25 '16 at 13:33
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    No, no,it's a not EFI vs. MBR. MBR vs GUID partition table would fit. But since the NTFS internal disk is no boot volume it's irrelevant. Sharing works with TCP/IP and both (VMware or OS X) work with SMB/CIFS (afaik). So the only problem would be to read the NTFS file system on the OS X side (and the possibility to share it which wasn't given in Lion/Mountain Lion. – klanomath Aug 26 '16 at 6:06

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