I can't figure out how to do this, and I'm sure it must be possible. So please, somebody, tell me the step-by-step process to accomplish what I know must be possible.
My host Win10 machine has three local drives, with multiple partitions on each drive. So the host machine has local drive letters C-M. C is the Win10 system partition, and I realize I can't expect to access it as "C" within the Win7 VM guest. But I at least would like to see D-M in the Win7 VM environment, as "local drives" with those letters. Ideally they should just appear in My Computer of the Win7 VM as D-M, but I'll do whatever it takes to "map" them that way.
It's not a matter of just getting to the data on those partitions (i.e. drive letters). I can easily do that by MAP NETWORK DRIVE as D-M through NETWORK, since all of the drives on the host are genuinely visible through NETWORK in Windows Explorer, since the host machine itself shows up in NETWORK (as well as all the other desktops and laptops on my LAN, since I've got "bridged network" set so that I can see all the LAN devices within the Win7 VM). So I know I can easily get to the host partitions with the identical drive letters D-M if only that would be acceptable to my need. Unfortunately that method of getting drive letters D-M via MAP NETWORK DRIVE is unacceptable to Windows Media Center for "Record Storage", where only genuine true "local drives" are acceptable for recording, not mapped network drive locations.
So when I go into WMC -> Recorder storage, all I see is C, which is the virtual C provided by VMWare Workstation Player to the Win7 VM. This partition is too small, and is not the drive letter I actually want to set as "recorder storage" target location. That drive is actually F. So I need to get at least F (true F, from the host) available to Win7 VM as a "local drive" (ideally F).
How do I do this? I can't use MAP NETWORK DRIVE. And there's no point in using "shared folders", because just getting to the data is not the goal. The goal is providing the drive letter to Win7 VM so that WMC sees it as a local drive, so that it appears usable for "Recorder Storage".
So, can somebody tell me: is this possible or not? Are you telling me the local drive letters of the host are NOT available as "local drive letters" to guests? Or, if they are and I'm just a rookie who doesn't know how to make this happen, please let me know how to do it and/or point me to a VMWare FAQ document or forum thread or something which will provide me clear and appropriate instructions for what I need to do.
If it's possible, I'm sure it's quite easy... if only I knew the technique. But I'm a true rookie/newbie to VMWare, so any help for experienced gurus is much appreciated.
thanks in advance.