Have you ever wished you had an extra hard drive or partition to setup a dual-boot or multi-boot operating system? You can shrink your existing partition to create a new partition but it always carries some risk of data loss. Beginning with Windows 7, you can create a virtual hard drive (VHD) which acts as a separate hard drive in your computer.
The virtual hard drive (VHD) is stored as a .vhd file on your physical disk. By mounting a virtual hard drive, you can easily copy files to and from the virtual disk. Additionally, Windows 7 and Windows 8 can be configured to boot from a VHD. In this tutorial we’ll go through the steps of creating a virtual hard drive (VHD) in Windows 8/7.
How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) in Windows 8/7?
- Press the Windows + R key combination to bring up a Run box, type compmgmt.msc and hit Enter.
- The Computer Management dialog opens, click Disk Management in the left pane of the window and wait until you see all currently installed disks in the right pane.
- Right-click Disk Management and then select Create VHD.
- Click Browse to choose the location where you want your VHD stored, and give it a descriptive name. Choose the size you want it to be, and select dynamic or a fixed. If you want the disk to expand in size as you add files to it, then pick Dynamically expanding. Check Fixed size if you want a specific size and for it to stay that way. Click OK.
- You will see the virtual hard drive listed as unallocated space in Disk Management. Right click on the virtual hard drive and select Initialize Disk.
- Press OK in the Initialize Disk box.
- Now it is time to create a volume by right-clicking the unallocated space and select New Simple Volume.
- The New Simple Volume Wizard starts up and just press Next until the wizard is complete.
- Now the new virtual disk is ready to be used, just like any other disk. You can see the virtual hard drive on your computer.