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How to attach large SATA HDDs to VMs like an external USB drive (passthough)?


Russell Salerno

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Is it possible to attach large (14TB) SATA drives as raw storage to guest similar to an external USB drive?  I have an Ubuntu guest that I've attached a 16GB USB drive for backup, easy enough.  I also have a pair of 14TB SATA drives I want to use as data storage for the VM (preferably in a RAID1 configuration).   This is all local storage on a single server free edition and way past the 2TB VDI limit.    Is there a way in Xenserver to pass through big SATA drives to a guest?  

 

EDIT: Is there any reason not to install the drive using a SATA-to-USB cable?  Or going one step further, is there a way to emulate a USB drive in software e.g. present the SATA drive to Hypervisor as a USB device?

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