How to create a Virtual Hard Disk on Windows PC

Virtual hard disk (VHD) is also known as by disk image that is used by us for storing the complete content of a hard drive. The virtual hard disk is similar to the actual hard disks in the features and working process of data. But virtual hard disk does not have its own space it works on virtual space that is gained from other volumes or hard drives on that system. The virtual hard disk is of two types one is the fixed size and another is dynamically expanded.

Both the types have advantages and disadvantages such as fixed-size VHD’s are having fixed space in it while dynamically expanded VHD’s are expanding their size according to the data store in it.

Step by step procedure on How to create a virtual hard disk in Windows

Step 1: – Right-click on my computer icon then choose to manage option.

Choose manage option on windows from PC icon

Step 2: – After that in the computer management option choose disk management that opens new settings in the right sidebar.

disk management option on PC

Step 3: – Then chose Action option and select CREATE VHD option to begin the process of creation of Virtual Hard Disk in your system.

create vhd option in disk management

Step 4: – Now a new tab will be opened on this screen in which choose where our file will save. So, click on browse and choose your path to save the file.

navigate to path where your vhd file will be saved

Step 5: – Then choose the size of the virtual hard disk in MB and click on the OK button to proceed.

give size to vhd in MB

Step 6: – Then look below your virtual hard disk creation in progress which is represented by a green line at the bottom of the tab.

vhd in creation

Steps to initialize the newly created VHD

Step 7: – Now your virtual hard disk is created but it is offline so to show your VHD as active disk click on initialize disk option from your screen.

initialize the disk vhd

Step 8: – Here a new tab will be opened now in this screen select disk 1 and choose MBR partition and click on OK button.

choose partition style MBR and GPT for vhd

Step 9: – Then right-click on the newly created partition and choose NEW SIMPLE VOLUME option to proceed.

Choose new simple volume option on vhd

Step 10: – A new tab will be opened named New Simple Volume Wizard in which click on the Next button to proceed.

New Simple Volume Wizard for VHD creation

Step 11: – Here in the next step it asks you for Assign Drive Letter or Path in which choose drive letter according to your comfort and choose the Next button again to proceed.

Do You Know: – How to Create a Partition or Volume in Windows

Assign drive letter or path for VHD

Step 12: – After that in the next step it asks you for Format your newly created partition here click on the format this volume option and choose the Next button to proceed.

format partition for newly created VHD

Step 13: – In the last step, it shows a message that indicates completing the process now in which choose finish button to proceed.

completion of process of vhd


Now your virtual hard disk will be created and shown on your laptop to show your virtual hard disk double click on your computer icon now you saw a new partition on screen this is your virtual hard disk. Stay tuned for further updates.

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