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CD/DVD disc is not visible in the Host OS anymore

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Windows & Linux

Symptoms

I have inserted my CD/DVD disc in the optical drive while the virtual machine was running. It is not visible in the Host OS anymore. How can I switch the CD/DVD disc back to the Host OS side without stopping the virtual machine?

Resolution

To connect your CD/DVD-ROM drive back to the Host OS when Parallels software is running you can choose Devices in the top menu, choose CD/DVD 1 and click Disconnect.
You can connect your CD/DVD-ROM drive back to the VM by selecting Connect in the same menu section.

In older versions of Parallels Desktop you can also right-click (Ctrl+click) the CD/DVD-ROM icon on the Parallels window status bar and choose Disconnect or Connect from the drop-down menu.





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