How to Use Virtual Hard Disks as Real Hard Disks in Windows 7

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Windows 7 has this unique feature of creating and manipulating a virtual hard disk drive as if they were real. More importantly, you don’t even need to boot in virtual PC environment to do so. Here is a process which will make virtual hard drive work as a real hard drive and you will be able to interact with it through Windows Explorer without even knowing that it is a virtual disk.

To Create Virtual Hard Disks

  1. Click on Start, right click on Computer, and then click on Manage. Provide consent to the User Account Control dialog if required.
  2. In the left hand pane, click on Disk Management, and wait for it to load.
  3. In the menu bar, click on Action, and then click on Create VHD.
  4. Here you will be able to specfify the size and the location of the virtual hard disk file.

To Attach a Virtual Hard Disk File

  1. Click on Start, right click on Computer, and then click on Manage. Provide consent to the User Account Control dialog if required.
  2. In the left hand pane, click on Disk Management, and wait for it to load.
  3. In the menu bar, click on Action, and then click on Attach VHD.
  4. In the dialog that appears, you can specify the location of the VHD file as well as mark it as read-only.

Initializing Virtual Hard Disks

  1. Click on Start, right click on Computer, and then click on Manage.Provide consent to the User Account Control dialog if required.
  2. In the left hand pane, click on Disk Management, and wait for it to load.
  3. In the menu bar, click on Action, and then click on Attach VHD.
  4. Specify the location of the VHD file and click on OK, the Disk Management Service will go ahead and mount the VHD file.
  5. Once it is mounted, right click on the virtual disk (which will show up as a blue hard drive) and click on Initialize Disk.
  6. In the dialog that appears, select the partition style you wish to use and click on OK. The Disk Management Service will now initialize the disk for use.
  7. Right-click on the unallocated space in the virtual hard disk and click on New Simple Volume, and follow through the instructions in the wizard to create a new partition within the VHD.

Now go to Windows Explorer and see for yourself. You will be able to see and work with the virtual hard disk as if in real.

[source: chris123nt.com]

Discussion

Peter Lawrey
December 30, 2008: 1:55 pm

> Windows 7 has this unique feature of creating and manipulating a virtual hard disk drive…
It is unique to windows desktops anyway.
Lots of OSes have this type of feature, even Windows 2003 server.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc776012.aspx

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