What is a Virtual Hard Disk?
A Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) is a file format representing a virtual hard disk drive. It contains all what can be stored in a mere physical hard drive. That means, you can have your disk partitions, your file system, your folders and your files.
1. Back up and restore purposes: Infection by virus, loss of files can easily be recovered.
2. Ease of deployment: it aids portability where users can easily pull out a well configured VHD from a remote site via network.
How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive
Lets get busy and get to learn how to create a virtual hard drive in windows 10
1: Locate Disk Management
From the main desktop, simply right-click on the Start button, then select Disk Management. Or you can use the following shortcuts :
- Press the window button + X, the select Disk Management.
- Press the window button + S, then type diskmgmt.msc
2: Period to create
Inside the Disk Management window, tick the Action menu item, then select the Create VHD menu. You’ll now see your main hard disk listed in the main window and we are attempting to build a second one with this process.
3: Choose the important selections
You now need to click Browse to stipulate the location and name of your new drive. Next, choose how large you want it to be by bearing in mind available space and your needs, and select Fixed Size as this is a safer option
4: Let’s Initialise the disk
The disk will take some time to build, but once it has finalized you will see it listed just below your hard drive. Right-click on the name and select Initialise Disk. Now choose MBR and then click OK to complete the setup process.
5: The final step
Right-click in the drive and select the New Simple Volume option. Choose a size for the volume and then allocate a drive letter to your new creation. Follow the steps until finalized and you should have a working drive ready for you to use.
6: Test to see if it’s working?
Open File Explorer and search for your new drive, which should be situated under ‘This PC’. It will have the drive letter you assigned it and is now ready to use copying files to and from. A quick and easy process
Now that you have checked Windows Explorer and you can see the volume you created, you can go ahead and treat it just like any other disk drive.