Virtual hard disk or VHD refers to the use of a part of the same hard drive as another hard drive without connecting another hard disk. This is simply working as a standard folder. But there are a few specialties. Let’s talk about them later. In this guide, we are talking about how to create a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) in Windows 10 operating system.
Before starting the guide, let’s take a look at some of the special features and benefits in Virtual Hard Drives.
When this is set up, it is created on the hard drive as a single file at a glance. It then executes on Windows as a new hard disk partition. This virtual partition file is like a zip file. Although it may seem like a single file, it can hold a large number of files. But what’s the advantage of using a virtual disk rather than creating a folder shortcut?
It’s easy to explain. As mentioned earlier, this usually works just like a new hard drive. There are times when we need the same paths when working with folders and files. Take the ‘D:\Office\Documents\2020\July.doc’ path, for example. But if using a virtual disk can get this in a shortcut like ‘E:\’ for that folder. There is another special benefit. You can lock it using BitLocker. This will allow you to save only the selected files with a password easily.
How to create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 10
Setting up a virtual disk can be done in a few simple steps. Follow the steps correctly using the attached images.
- Right-click on the Start menu button and choose the ‘Disk Management‘ option. Or press the Windows key + R to open the Run window and type ‘diskmgmt.msc‘ and press the enter key.
- In the Disk Management window, go to Action > Create VHD option.
- Click the browse button and browse a save location to the virtual disk file. Then set a name and press the Save button. I used the name ‘VHD1’ to this.
- Set the disk size for the VHD according to your needs.
- Choose the VHD format you prefer. I use the VHDX type for this.
- Choose the VHD type you prefer. Each option is described in that window.
- Click the OK button to start creating the virtual disk.
- After the creation process, you will see a new not initialized disk. Right-click on it and select the Initialize Disk option.
- Don’t change the partition format! It automatically adjusts it to your computer’s needs. Click the OK button.
- After the initialization is completed, right-click on the unallocated space and select the ‘New simple volume‘ option.
- Click the next button twice on the wizard.
- Assign a letter to your virtual drive and click the next button.
- In the next window, change the settings as you wish.
- Click the Next button, and at the next window, click the Finish button.
Now open the This PC (Windows Explorer), and you will see a new drive you created.
Now you can use this as a standard hard disk. Use BitLocker to secure the drive.