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    Default Linux, openSuse on virtualBox not showing usb

    My virtual box is installed on the host(Win 8.1). In the virtual box, I have installed OpenSuse as the virtual machine, but I am having trouble accessing the usb in OpenSuse(vm). I can't see any option to access the usb. My usb is in FAT32 format,as I am trying to get some files from other win machine to openSuse. The following are the screen shots, please let me know what all I need to do to access the USB in openSuse(vm).

    when I do lsusb, following is the output.
    linux-gn77:~ # lsusb
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 80ee:0021 VirtualBox USB Tablet
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

    I have tried removing the "USB Device Filters" (shown in image1), still cannot find the usb in OpenSuse
    Last edited by harbir_linuxuser; 18-May-2014 at 18:33. Reason: adding additional information

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    Default Re: Linux, openSuse on virtualBox not showing usb

    Probably the simplest solution for this and all similar scenarios is to side-step the whole issue of granting direct access to any device <unless it's necessary>.
    It should also be noted that even when you do configure direct access for a Guest, that access is <exclusive> access which means that device is no longer available to the Host or any other Guest.

    In this case, the simplest solution only requires that the Host can "see" the USB device.
    After that, then you only need to configure a Shared Folder in the Guest with a path that points to the USB drive (or a folder on the drive).

    Although I wouldn't ordinarily recommend it, I assume that it should also be possible to add a new virtual disk in the Guest properties and configure raw disk access to the USB drive.


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