You can use an existing disk that is configured with an operating system or other virtual machine data. This choice allows you to freely move the virtual hard drive from virtual machine to virtual machine.

In most cases, you can accept the default device node. For a hard disk, a nondefault device node is useful to control the boot order or to have different SCSI controller types. For example, you might want to boot off an LSI Logic controller and share a data disk with another virtual machine using a BusLogic controller with bus sharing turned on.

In most cases, you can accept the default device node. A nondefault device node for a hard disk is useful to control the boot order or to have different SCSI controller types. For example, you might want to boot off an LSI Logic controller and share a data disk with another virtual machine using a Buslogic controller with bus sharing turned on.

1

On the Select Existing Disk page of the New Virtual Machine wizard, browse for a virtual disk file, click OK, and click Next.

2

Accept the default or select a different virtual device node.

3

(Optional) Select the virtual disk Independent mode and select an option.

Option

Description

Persistent

The disk operates normally except that changes to the disk are permanent even if the virtual machine is reverted to a snapshot.

Nonpersistent

The disk appears to operate normally, but whenever the virtual machine is powered off or reverted to a snapshot, the contents of the disk return to their original state. All later changes are discarded.

Independent disks are not affected by snapshots.

4

Click Next.

Your changes are recorded and the Ready to Complete page opens.

Review the virtual machine configuration.