VMware Workstation: Boot a virtual machine from a USB drive/stick

The BIOS of the VMware Workstation does not support to boot from a USB drive or stick which is connected to a virtual machine.

But there is a workaround:-) Use the Plop Boot Manager. Download the latest ZIP File and extract the plpbt.iso file. This contains a CD image which starts plop boot manager. Connect the iso file as  a virtual CDROM to your virtual machine.

Attach Plop ISO

Attach Plop ISO

Start the virtual machine, the Plop Boot menu appears. Select USB.

Plop Boot Mananger Menu

Plop Boot Mananger Menu

Connect the USB drive to your virtual machine and wait until its connected

Connecting the USB Device

Connecting the USB Device

USB Device connected

USB Device connected

The Plop boot manager detects the USB Drive and boot up  the virtual machine.

Michael

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