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Creating Native Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) in Windows 7

Creating Native Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) in Windows 7

Right Click on My Computer and Click ‘Manage’ that will open up Computer Management, in that click on Disk Management.

Disk Management

Right Click on Disk Management and select ‘Create VHD’ This will open new windows ‘Create and Attach Virtual Hard Disk’

create

In this windows select the location where you want to create the VHD file. Make sure you have sufficient free space while creating new VHD file. After that provide the Virtual Hard Disk size and format of the VHD.

By default the Fixed size is recommended but you can select Dynamic expanding if you don’t want to allocate the disk space. There would be slight performance difference between fixed size and dynamically expanding.

For production environment it is suggested to go for Fixed size. For the demo purpose we will go ahead with dynamically expanding VHD format.

created vhd

Click on OK and that will install newly attached (mounted) VHD. Now next step will be initializing the disk

newly mounted vhd

Alright now Right Click on Disk 1 (Blue icon) and click on ‘Initialize’ This will open a new window ‘Initialize Disk.’

Select the partition and click on ‘OK.’ You can leave the current selection to default.

initialize done

As you can see now the status of the Disk 1 is changed to ‘Online.’ We create a new simple volume on the Disk 1

unallocated

So Right Click on the ‘Unallocated’ area and select ‘New Simple Volume’ This will launch ‘New Simple Volume Wizard.’

After that click on next and specify size, we will  keep the default NTFS File System and select the complete size i.e. 20 GB and click on ‘Next’ to specify drive letter. I will select Drive Letter ‘X:’ and click on ‘Next’

On the next page we will select Label for the drive (in this case ‘Windows7′) and click on ‘Next.’ Now, we will get the brief summary of the choices we selected. Click on ‘Finish’ to continue.

simple volume

This way we have successfully created a new Virtual Hard Disk. As you can see the status of the
disk ready