Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7
Few people know of its existence. There are fewer people who really use it. I’m talking about Windows 7’s virtual hard disk creation. Virtual Hard Drive or, to say it shortly VHD, is a function of Windows 7 who allows you to create a virtual HDD.
In case you don’t see the point in this, i'll tell you: you can use it just as a normal hard disk drive. It supports data encryption, booting and so on. An experienced user of this kind of functions can really make use of it!
For instance, you can edit videos on this virtual hard drive, sparing your physical hard drive of many actions that would basically slow down the entire system. Another way you could use it would be to install, let's say, Linux OS, just to test it for the first time. If you're a big fan of downloading pictures from Web sites, you can store them on your VHD too. And this list will continue for many, many rows.
How to create a VHD in Windows 7:
1. You create the VHD in the Computer Management window. In order to access it, you just need to make a right mouse click on the Computer icon and then choose Manage. In the newly opened window, you go to the Disk Management section that can be found on the left side of the window.
From the Action menu, click on Create VHD. You click on Browse, choose the computer folder where you want to create it and name that VHD whatever you please. In the Virtual Hard Disk Size you can choose the total storage capacity of the virtual HDD.
After all these actions, the VHD is created, but it’s not functional because you need to initialize it and create a volume for it.Continued on the next page