Thursday, April 7, 2011

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Creating Virtual Hard Disk In Windows 7

Windows 7 has a new feature called “VHD Boot”. Using VHD, you can boot your entire Windows from a Virtual Hard Disk file (as those used with Virtual PC or Virtual Server). Read More on  Configuring a Virtual Hard Disk In Windows 7. If the existing VHD file is not created, follow this article on how to Create a VHD.

Creating a VHD

1. Right click on the My Computer icon in the Start Bar and choose Manage. If you are prompted from the UAC press Yes and continue.

If already have a VHD, attach an existing VHD File In the left pane, right click on Disk Management, and Click on Attach VHD as said in Configuring a Virtual Hard Disk In Windows 7.

2. In the left pane, right click on Disk Management, and click on Create VHD as shown in figure belowCreating Virtual Hard Disk In Windows 7 1

3. After choosing to create a VHD, select a location to save your VHD file to as shown in figure below.

Creating Virtual Hard Disk In Windows 7 24. Next, enter the maximum size you want the Virtual Hard Disk to be, and select the size type to be used. Choose MB, GB, or TB. (1024 MB = 1 GB, 1024 GB = 1 TB)

5. Select whether to let Windows decide the size by choosing Dynamic or used a set size by choosing Fixed, and click on OK.

6. The new disk will show in the right pane as unallocated space. Right click on the new unallocated VHD Disk # and click on Initialize Disk.

7. Select the Disk # from above for the new VHD. You will have to choose if you want the new VHD to have Master Boot Record (MBR) or GUID Partition Table (GPT) partition, and click on OK.

8. Right click again on the new unallocated VHD and click on New Simple Volume.

9. Next type in how much of the maximum disk space you would like to use for this VHD partition, and click on Next.

10. You will next be able to select wither a FAT or a NTFS file system and enter a name for your VHD. Last click the “Perform a quick format” check box, and click on Next as shown in figure below.

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The second screen shot above sums up all the instructions I just gave you. Click the Finish button and it will create a new simple volume on your VHD which will be already attached.

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