December 09, 2011

How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7

Did you ever wish to have a spare hard disk so as to store your favorite files\folders etc. or even share or just to be saved as an encrypted vault? One of the new features in Windows 7 is the capability to create a virtual hard drive or you can say it shortly VHD. VHDs are a file type that acts like a hard disk. A virtual hard drive is a special function of windows 7 who allows you to create a folder of an actual physical drive that actually serves as a drive in its own right. A key advantage of a virtual drive is that it usually saves time. 

Steps to Create a Virtual Drive in Windows 7

•     Right-click on “My Computer” and select to “Manage”.
•    The Computer Management screen opens click on “Disk Management” then  click on “Action and Create VHD”.
 •    Browse to the directory you want the disk to reside, choose size and select dynamic or a fixed.
•    In Disk Management in Microsoft Windows you will see the virtual drive listed as unallocated space.
•    To begin using it you’ll need to Right-click and select “Initialize Disk”.
•    In the initialize disk box just keep “MBR” selected and hit “OK”.

Create a Volume

•    Right-clicking the unallocated space and select “New Simple Volume”.

•    The New Simple Volume Wizard starts up and it’s just a matter of completing it.

•    Choose the amount of space you want to use for the volume.

•    Assign it a dive letter that is not currently being used.

•  Format the new volume as NTFS, FAT32, or FAT. Check if you want a quick format and file compression.
•    The wizard is complete, click on Finish.

•    If you have AutoPlay enabled it should pop up for you to open up your new virtual hard disk.

•    It will be listed with the other disks in Disk Management.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for including the steps to create a virtual hard drive. Did you know that using your PC for a bunch of different purpose, like entertainment or work, can actually waste its performance? It’s a quick and easy fix, which can be reached by creating a virtual hard drive. I recently wrote a blog post detailing how to create a VHD:


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