You can configure snapshots so that Workstation preserves states only for certain virtual disks.

In certain configurations, you might want to revert some disks to a snapshot while other disks retain all changes. For example, you might want a snapshot to preserve a disk with the operating system and applications, but always keep the changes to a disk with documents.

Power off the virtual machine.

Delete existing snapshots.

1

Select the virtual machine and select VM > Settings.

2

On the Hardware tab, select the drive to exclude and click Advanced.

3

Select Independent and select the disk mode.

Option

Description

Persistent

Changes are immediately and permanently written to the disk. Disks in persistent mode behave like conventional disks on a physical computer.

Nonpersistent

Changes to the disk are discarded when you power off or restore a snapshot. In nonpersistent mode, a virtual disk is in the same state every time you restart the virtual machine. Changes to the disk are written to and read from a redo log file that is deleted when you power off or reset the virtual machine.