You can set up a CD/DVD drive so that it is always detected, or so that you must connect it manually.

You can disable the Automatically detect physical CD/DVD feature while the virtual machine is powered on, but you must power off the virtual machine before you can enable this feature. Use the Shut Down command in the Virtual Machine menu.

If your CD/DVD drive is a USB device, VMware Fusion handles it as a USB device, not a CD/DVD drive. See Configuring the USB Controller and Connecting USB Devices.


Select Virtual Machine > Settings to open the virtual machine Settings window.


Click CD/DVD Drive.


Select a disc or disc image.


Drag the Enable CD/DVD Drive slider to ON.