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USB-C optical drive not in devices list

PostPosted: 25. Sep 2021, 17:57
by BQuirky
Sorry, folks, I've spent a fair amount of time searching here because this would seem like a straightforward thing, but I've had to break down and open a new topic. I'm on a Mac Mini running Big Sur 11.6. I've created a Windows 10 VM. I have a USB-C CD/DVD drive directly (not through a hub) connected to the Mini that doesn't appear in the devices list. I understand why it wouldn't be under storage, but it isn't in the list of USB things attached either. Any hints on how I can get it to show up?

Re: USB-C optical drive not in devices list

PostPosted: 25. Sep 2021, 18:28
by scottgus1
Click the VM's Optical Drive, and the popup menu should show the CD drives on the host as "Host Drive (something)". Does the drive appear there?

Re: USB-C optical drive not in devices list

PostPosted: 25. Sep 2021, 21:00
by BQuirky
Nope, thanks, but the optical drive's popup only has the ability to load a disk image.

Re: USB-C optical drive not in devices list

PostPosted: 25. Sep 2021, 21:02
by scottgus1
That sounds, as a guess, like there's some permission that needs to be extended in the Mac OS to allow Virtualbox to use the CD drive.

Re: USB-C optical drive not in devices list

PostPosted: 25. Sep 2021, 21:48
by BQuirky
That's certainly possible, but since I have no idea where or how I would have thought virtual box would help me or prompt me or...