I virtualized an existing Windows XP partition using VMWare Converter, and I am running it from within a Windows 7 host. The original system had XP on drive C: and a large data drive on D: (too large to virtualize).
From within VMware Player (before starting the VM), I go to Virtual Machine Settings, Hardware tab. I click Add and add a new hard disk. The wizard steps are "Add Hard Disk", "Use A Physical Disk", select physical drive and individual partition, then check the partition corresponding to the desired D: drive.
After making these changes and attempting to start the VM, VMWare player gives an error about not being able to connect, and then hangs.
I also tried a different approach using Shared Folders. Under the Virtual Machine Settings, Options tab, "Shared Folders" lets me map the D: Drive as a shared folder, but from withing the VM, it appears as a network resource, with a UNC path like "\VMware\long\unc\path". Unfortunately, programs that are expecting D:\ will not work with that.
What is the procedure to access a host drive and map it as a physical drive letter from VMWare player?