Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I seek to create a virtual hard drive which will be readable and writable (by the host OS, not by a VirtualMachine) as an ordinary hard drive while being stored as a single file (or a pair, maybe) on a host partition. I'd also like it to be resizable. Actual image file format doesn't really matter (but would be nice if it could be something common). I use Windows XP. Any ideas?

UPDATE: Even though I've accepted an answer, I am still looking for more solutions. One another I've found and used successfully was WinMount which can mount a usual ZIP archive as a hard drive.

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

If you happen have Microsoft Virtual Server installed, you can mount disk images in its Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format from the command line, using this command:

vhdmount /p /f file.vhd

If you don't have it, it's available as a free download. You can perform a "custom" install and only install the vhdmount utility if you'd like.

share|improve this answer
Note that this requires XP Professional. It will not install on XP home. – Joel Coehoorn Jul 10 '11 at 22:30

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.