Expanding Space In Your PC By Creating Virtual Hard Drive
If you are using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, you have the luxury to create a virtual hard drive, which works exactly as your normal hard drive. Having a virtual hard drive in your system is quite useful. It can help you with easy organising of your documents and files in your system. When you create a virtual hard drive in your system, you can view it in your “this PC folder” like your other hard drives. The virtual HD file is a file with VHD extension. Since, VHD is in a separate file, you can also move the virtual hard drive into another system as well and use it. If you want to create one in your computer, follow the steps below.
How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive in windows
In Windows 7 and 8, the process of creating a virtual hard drive is same, but with version 8.1, you can just mount the VHD file by double clicking it. It will instantly connect with both the other hard drives. To start with:-
- In order to start the process, run the Disk Management in Windows.
- Go to Control Panel
- Press Win + X in Control Panel
- You can also click on start and type disk mgmt. msc in the run box and click OK
- From the listed menu, select Disk management
- Now select Action from the Disk management Menu and create a Virtual hard drive
It will then run the wizard of virtual hard disk
- Select the location of the disk
- Size of the disk, which should not be less than 3 MB
- Select the available format as well
- Once completed all the settings, press OK
- A new disk will be created as non-initialised disk, which means it still needs to be activated in order to start using it
On the new disk icon, do a right click and select initialise disk to activate it
- Specify the style of partition you require for this disk MBT (master boot record) and GPT (GUID partition table). Since home computers are usually small sized disks, selecting MBR though GPT is more useful because it can have more than 4 partitions on each disk. But the only condition is that it can only happen on larger disks, more than 2 terabytes
- Now create selections or sections and then connect the Virtual Hard drive to your Windows operating system. To do so, do a right click and select New Simple Volume.
- Lastly, you need to select the size of the disk. As mentioned earlier, the size should be not less than 3MB, set the formatting options and then select the letter for drive like C:/ or D:/. Once you have completed all the steps, you would be able to view it in the control panel, and it will work as same as the other hard drives.
This tutorial will help you create a virtual hard disk on your system without any problems. If you face any problems, you can contact the tech support for possible solutions.