How to make smooth USB access available to Virtualbox vm

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue Jul 5 14:56:33 UTC 2016

On Tue, 5 Jul 2016 14:15:32 +0000, Manish Jain wrote:
> Just wondering if this is possible - I remember there was an application 
> (Nero, I think) - which made it possible to copy/paste to CD/DVD RW from 
> Explorer itself, without the need to actually burn it via a CD/DVD 
> frontend. Is there any way I can use a CD/DVD just as a part of the 
> regular filesystem ? If that is possible, the need for USB support in 
> vbox would largely be mitigated.

As far as I remember, this is more or less a "mkisofs integrated
in the file browser" - i. e., it will be used for mastering the
media, or more precisely, prepare the files for burning. I don't
think ISO-9660 media (data CDs and DVDs) are easy to deal with
as r/w direct access (!) media...

> Is there any other non-USB device which can fill in the need to make 
> shared data available to the guest machine ?

A small NAS could be helpful. Those can usually be accessed per
FTP, NFS and SAMBA using a regular network connection.

> IOMEGA floppies I think are 
> no longer used, but if there is something which provides seamless 
> access, I would not mind buying some hardware to solve the problem for 
> good (considering the magnitude of the problem, make that 'for very good').

No. The worst solution prevails, so we're basically stuck wuth USB.
Sure, there is Firewire, but who uses that? Or external SATA disks
or SSDs, which requires an eSATA port on the machines involved.

However, you could try optical media with a UDF file system which
is said to enable r/w direct access to CDs and DVDs (usually CD-RW
and DVD-RW). If speed isn't that important, it might work. However,
UDF support sadly isn't trivial on non-"Windows" systems.

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