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How to create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7

This How-To guide is intended for users who wants to create  a virtual hard drive (VHD) in Windows 7.

Procedure:

Navigate to Start, type diskmgmt.msc in the search bar and press enter. The Disk Management program opens.

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Click on Disk Management – Action – Create VHD. 

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The Create and Attach Virtual Hard Drive Disk opens. Specify the VHD location, the size of the VHD, and whether it should be dynamic expanding or fixed expanding. If you want to continuously add files to the VHD you should select dynamic expanding. If you prefer the VHD uses only a fix amount of storage space then you should choose the fixed expanding option. Once you have configured the VHD, select OK to continue.

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The VHD appears as unallocated space in Disk Management.

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To commence using the VHD, right click it and select Initialize Disk from the drop down list.

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The Initialize Disk dialog box appears. Ensure that the MBR radio button is chosen and click OK to continue.

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To create a volume for your VHD, right click unallocated space and select New Simple Volume.

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The New Simple Volume Wizard opens. Click Next to continue.

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On the Specify Volume Size page, choose a volume size that is between the maximum and minimum sizes listed. Click Next to continue.

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On the Assign Drive Letter or Path page, assign a drive letter to the VHD that is not already used. Click Next.

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On the Format Partition page, you can choose to format the new volume as NTFS, FAT32 or FAT. You can also tick the options Perform a quick format and Enable file and folder compression if you prefer. For our example, we decide to retain the default settings. Click Next to continue.

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The summary page lists your settings for the VHD. If you are fine with these settings, click Finish.

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Your VHD is now ready for use at your leisure. If AutoPlay is enabled your new VHD should pop up on the screen.

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Your new VHD will now also be listed with other disks in Disk Management and in My Computer.

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