Use the vSphere Client to safely detach a storage device from your host.

You might need to detach the device to make it inaccessible to your host, when, for example, you perform a hardware upgrade on the storage side.

The device does not contain any datastores.

No virtual machines use the device as an RDM disk.

The device does not contain a diagnostic partition.


In the vSphere Client, display storage devices.


Right-click the device to detach and select Detach.

The device name is dimmed in the vSphere Client and becomes inaccessible. The operational state of the device changes to Unmounted.

If multiple hosts share the device, detach the device from each host.