How to create a Virtual Hard Disk on Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can create, use, attach & manipulate Virtual Hard Disk Files (VHD’s) as though they are real disks. This allows Virtual PC users to be able to mount their virtual disks within a live Windows installation without the need of booting the virtual PC environment.

In this post, we will see how to create & use Virtual Hard Disk files as Real Hard Disks in Windows 10/8/7.

Create Virtual Hard Disks

Right-click on Computer > Manage > Left pane > Disk Management.

Create Virtual Hard Disks

Select Action tab > Create VHD.

vhd hba

Specify the location and its size. Once this is done, you will see a notification:

VHD HBA driver being installed

How to attach Virtual Hard Disk File

Right-click on Computer > Manage > Left pane > Disk Management.

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Select Action tab > Attach VHD.

How to initialize Virtual Hard Disks

Right-click on Computer > Manage > Left pane > Disk Management.

Select Action tab > Attach VHD. Specify the location. The system will then mount the VHD file.

inivhd

Next right-click on the VHD and select Initialize Disk.

Select the Partition style > OK. The system will now initialize the disk.

Next right-click the unallocated space in the VHD & select New Simple Volume. Follow the instructions.

That’s it. Open your Explorer, and you will see your new VHD.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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