To use a virtual disk from a virtual machine after it has been mapped or mounted on the host system, you must disconnect it from the host system.

On Windows hosts, you must use Workstation to disconnect the drive from the host system. The mapped drive letter does not appear in the list of network drives when you use the Windows Disconnect Network Drive command.


Select the virtual machine and select VM > Settings.


On the Hardware tab, select Hard Disk, click Utilities, and select Disconnect.

You can now power on any virtual machine that uses this disk.