If you have installed Guest Additions, all you should have to do is go to the Vbox toolbar at the top, select "devices" then 'usb devices" and check the port/device you have connected. It should then pass this device through to the Guest OS. If you want a device to be persistent, as in, every time you start the Guest OS, you also want a particular usb device to be made available to it, you would do this under "machine" then "settings" then "usbdevices" and place the check mark next to the desired device. Note, you are enabling specific USB devices, NOT usb ports.... I find it works well, but I did run into a device that would cause problems if it was made persistent, but wasn't actually connected when I started the Guest OS.... So, I just ended up manually making it available when I needed it.
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Not so much. I have Guest Additions installed, and I've done all the settings stuff. By default, the device shows up in the VM's list, with a check mark next to it, but I cannot see it in Windows Explorer or any other file dialog. True for any thumb drive.
Should it be mounted? Before the VM is started? Once the VM starts, it is no longer visible in the Device Notifications, even if I shut down the VM.
I have one that I keep plugged in and auto-mounting on boot up (used to keep a daily backup of my email folder). It isn't visible either.
I've tried it both ways - same, same. Also tried it with and without the check mark by it - same, same.
It just doesn't seem to want to recognize thumb drives.
Is there something I can do that might provide more information?
Hmm... Maybe these are of the type that shouldn't be made persistent - I'll try that.... OK - that didn't make any difference (I didn't restart PCLOS, but I did restart the VM and Win XP).
I can work around it by copying to/from a shared folder, but that's a pain in the a**.