10 Simple Steps on How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7
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10 Simple Steps on How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7

10 simple steps on how to create a virtual hard drive in Windows 7.

A virtual hard drive serves many purposes to the computer user. You can install another windows operating system in it and boot using that alternative operating system to run compatible applications. You may also opt to install the open source Linux distribution for various purposes like removing a windows virus, running a Linux file or just to familiarize with the different Linux distributions. Virtual hard drives can also serve as a separate storage area for your important files. You can also configure your virtual hard drive to a size enough to fit a 4.7 gigabyte DVD. Once maximized, the contents of the virtual hard drive can be stored in a DVD. This allows physical data filing which you can easily access in the future.

So how is a virtual hard drive created? Here are 10 simple steps on how to do it.

How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7

  1. Left-click “Start”, right-click “Computer” and select “Manage.” Left-click “Storage” in the left pane and choose “Disk Management”.
  2. Left-click “Actions” in the menu, choose “Create VHD”. VHD stands for virtual hard drive.
  3. Browse for a location in your hard drive once you see the “Location” box. If you do not have a “D” drive as is commonly the case when a computer is shipped, choose “C” as the location of your virtual hard drive.
  4. Type the size of your desired virtual hard drive size. You can choose megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB) or terabytes (TB). The latter, of course, is selected if you have a large hard drive with a memory storage capacity in terabytes.. Select the windows recommended “Fixed size.” Click OK. Windows 7 automatically creates a virtual hard drive after installing an internal driver and displays “Disk 1” after a few minutes. “Disk 1” is unallocated, uninitialized disk space.
  5. Right-click the icon “Disk 1” and select “Initialize Disk.” Notice that the box is already checked. Click OK to proceed
  6. Right-click the unallocated space in “Disk 1” and select “New Simple Volume.” Hit “Next.”
  7. You may decrease the size of your virtual hard drive which displays the maximum size as default. Click “Next.”
  8. Assign a drive letter to your new virtual hard drive. A “D” drive is suggested if your desktop computer arrived with only the “C” drive installed. Hit “Next.”
  9. You may choose NTFS or FAT32 as a formatting scheme. NTFS is chosen by many users because of the better security features it offers compared to the older FAT32. You can choose to change the “Volume Label.” Click “Next.”
  10. Review your settings, go back if you want to change it, or click “Finish” if you are satisfied with your settings. Hitting the “Finish” command will cause the computer to format the hard drive, format it and name it according to your specifications.

Once done, you may click “Start” and open “Computer.” You will now see your new virtual hard drive. It is possible to rename it by right-clicking the new hard drive and choosing the "Rename" option.

©Patrick A. Regoniel 7 November 2010 10 Simple Steps on How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7

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Comments (2)

Computers are too complex i amusing windows 7 but got no idea how it is done. Computer language confuses me. Thanks anyway for the great share.

I was wondering if what is virtual hard drive before. You article gave me the idea about its use and even how to create it. Now I can use my hard disk drive both real and virtual. You have demonstrated your ability to share information to us. Keep it up! Thanks, voted and shared.