VHD is a file format which represents a "Virtual Hard Disk" drive.

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Windows virtual machine: .vhd file unwanted

In order to run a certain "visual studio" compiler interface, I have to use a windows XP virtual machine; very well. When it comes time to perform a backup of the files on the computer, I am plagued ...
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Backup/Convert existing Windows Server 2003 install to VHD for use in Hyper-V

So I have a dev server running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise 32 Bit SP2 R2. Here are the system specs Motherboard Intel S5520HC CPU x2 Intel Xeon L5520 (Quad Core @ 2.27 GHz per core, 16 ...
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Can't attach VHD

I think I may be experiencing that horrible moment when the backup fails. Somewhere hiding on this VHD is an SQL database I need to extract. This is from a Windows backup, not a virtual machine. I'm ...
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How do I convert an .img file to vhd?

I have an image file (linux based image) and want to convert it to VHD so that it can be used to create hyper-V VMs. I used "qemu-img convert" to convert raw to vpc format, but vpc doesnt work for ...
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Install Windows 7 onto bootcamp partition from VHD image

This question has been asked once before but afaik no definitive answer has been forthcoming. Basically I have a .vhd image that was created using windows7 tools from an existing bootcamp partition. I ...
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Windows 7 Recovery Media to HDD without re-partition and Extraction

I want to Restore Windows 7 to HDD without re-partitioning the Hard-Drive. I have a HP Dv6 6115tx laptop. I have upgraded it to 8GB ram and Windows 7 Ultimate (anytime-upgrade). When I restore my ...
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An initialization failure occurred while attempting to boot from a VHD

I am creating system image of my windows from Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Backup and Restore This is creating VHD. That's ok, but I noticed that the VHD created is of dynamic type. I want ...
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“next” button disabled on Windows 7 installation

I am trying to install Windows in my virtual hard disk. I have created a VHD, attached it. But when I install Windows 7 on that disk it is giving me the following error: The "next" button is ...
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How do I install Windows on a virtual hard disk (VHD) from within a running Windows system?

If you just try to attach a VHD and then install Windows to a partition inside it, it will tell you that it's a "surfaced virtual disk" and that Windows cannot be installed to that partition. But ...
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Evidently I've lost my HAL… - Can't start up VM - HAL.dll missing

I recently went and dug out one of my old HDs (the PC it was mounted in is no longer in existence...) I mounted it in my PC and used DVD2VHD to convert the whole drive to a VHD. It's an old XP drive ...
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Cannot boot after vhd hard drive is resized in VirtualBox

In Windows 7, I set up another Windows 7 VM in VirtualBox. It worked great. Then, I needed to increase the vhd HD size. So, I used VBoxManage utility to do that with the following comment: VBoxManage ...
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How to create VHD disk image from a Linux live system?

Once more, I have to resort at the experts here at SuperUser, as my other sources (mainly Google ;-)) didn't prove very helpful... So basically, I would like to create a VHD image of a physical disk ...
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Convert Windows.old into a virtual pc

I have rebuilt my Windows 7 ultimate operating system. I performed the rebuild over the top of its self so it automatically moved my old operating system to a Windows.old directory. I would like to ...
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Boot from a VHD created by VirtualBox

I have used VirtualBox to create a VM, and installed the latest Windows 8 Consumer Preview on it. I have a .VHD file with the OS installed. I am wondering, since Windows 7 supports boot from a VHD ...
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Windows 8 freezing on a VHD on a MacBookPro

I've installed Windows 8 on a 2010 MacBook Pro using the Hanselman's method (VHD on native boot). Everything goes fine until it suddenly freezes and I must reboot. I have no log to see and no error to ...
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Planning VHD-based laptop install

I am about to take delivery of a new laptop with a 750GB HDD. I will be using Win7 as the base OS (as a "real" installation, direct to the tin). The base install will probably have Visual Studio ...
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Is it possible to boot Windows 8 installed to VHD from Windows 7 boot manager?

does anybody have success with booting Windows 8 Dev Preview that is installed to VHD from Windows 7 boot manager? I have no success with that. However, I have success with booting yet another ...
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Creating files in NTFS root folder

Introduction: I'm attempting (and in part succeding) in replacing a number of folders with mounted VHDs in Windows Server 2008 R2, in an attempt to emulate UNIX' bahaviour with bind- or loop-mounts. ...
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Using Virtual Hard Disk on Windows7 - The chain of hard disks is broken

When I tried to attach a .vhd that size is bigger than 5gb, it says The chain of virtual hard disks is broken. The system cannot locate the parent virtual hard disk for the differencing disk. I found ...
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Restore VHD image in a specific partition

I'm having a similar issue described in this post. I have a Windows 7 VHD image and want to restore it, but I cannot let Windows Restore format the whole HD and destroy other partitions. I don't want ...
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Microsoft 2010 Information Worker Demonstration Virtual Machine on VirtualBox?

Since I'm looking to improve my Sharepoint knowledge, I downloaded the 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (SP1) from Microsoft ...
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Remove unallocated space on VHD

I just moved from XP to Windows 7. I wanted to virtualize my XP machine, so I copied the data to VHD and tried to boot from it. Well my drive was 149gb so I split them into 2 vhd files of their ...
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Created a VHD using dsk2vhd, no boot

I've got a complete installation of Windows 7 Ultimate and used the tool dsk2vhd to create a vhd of the instance of Windows 7 within that same instance - it seems to create it no problems (no error ...
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Copying Windows 7 host to VHD

I've installed Windows 7 Ultimate and it is set to take up the entire drive, I'm also planning on storing the VHD files on this drive. Is there a way I can convert the host Windows 7 to a VHD file ...
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I have a differencing VHD that's eating away 90+% of my HDD. How can I shrink it?

I have a differencing VHD that's eating away 90+% of my HDD. How can I shrink it? The host OS is W7-64, the virtual is XP32.
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Server 2008 R2 blu-ray driver problem?

I'm attempting to make my win 7 laptop dual boot to a vhd where I will install server 2008 r2. Creating the vhd, booting to it, with a bootable usb drive w/ the server 2008 r2 sp1 iso, no problem. ...
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How does one test a Windows Complete PC Backup?

Is there any way to test or verify the state of a Windows Complete PC backup, short of actually restoring it to the same machine? (At the very least, I want to be able to verify that the file system ...
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Using VHDs to test software?

I'm testing some software that I've made and I'd like to test it on vista, xp, and win 7 in a few different configurations. Would using VHDs be a good choice for this? If so, do I have to build each ...
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How to Copy .VHD File to Physical Hard Disk Using DD Command

I have read other question/answers on this site that say this is possible, but I'm wondering how it is done. I have tried the following command, which completes successfully, but the NTFS isn't valid ...
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Can Windows boot manager remember the last booted OS as default?

Recently, I setup my Win7 notebook vhd dual-boot. (Copied old Win7 32bit into a vhd disk, repartition and installed new 64bit Win7 into another vhd as new primary system.) How can I configure bcd to ...
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Boot to VHD from another workstation machine

I have a windows server 2008 R2 machine which has some VHD files. I have a laptop using win 7. Can I configure my laptop to boot to a virtual on the windows server 2008 R2 server? These machines ...
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Mouse not connected in Hyper-V

Took a VS 2005 VHD connected it to Hyper-V, uninstall Virtual Machine Additions and installed Hyper-V Integration Components. Now mouse point shows arrow rather than dot, but you cannot click anywhere ...
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How to make a Windows 7 Bootable VHD?

Is there an easy way to understand how to make a Windows 7 Bootable .VHD? The ones I've found are a little over me.
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Is it possible to install Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on a virtual disk when starting the setup by booting the installation disc?

I have been reading up on the native virtual hard disk support in Windows 7. The problem is installing Windows 7 on the virtual hard disk. Whenever I boot from the installation disc, follow the usual ...
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vista ultimate boot from vhd [duplicate]

Windows 7: Boot from VHD First Impression: Part 3 (Booting VHD from Vista SP1 or later) Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to boot Vista from vhd using Windows 7 boot manager? Hi ...
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Can I install Windows 7 64-bit in a VM on a Windows 7 64-bit host?

I'm running a Windows 7 64-bit host, with Microsoft Virtual PC 64-bit installed. With this setup, can I install Windows 7 64-bit in a virtual machine (VHD file) as a client OS?
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Which versions of Windows 7 include Drive Manager?

In an answer to a question I asked about mounting Virtual PC images, Philippe suggested using “drive manager” in Windows 7 to mount a .VHD file. ...
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Converting .VHD imag to RAW format

I need to convert a VHD file (Hyper-V VM) to the Linux raw format. Is there a tool which can do this which is graphical?
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Make backup image (.tib/.vhd) as my main operating system?

My old hard drive is dying so I want to move my Windows 7 operating system to another hard drive. They say cloning using Acronis would do the trick, but for some reason it refuses to work. I also ...
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Does SSD TRIM work with a 'Boot from VHD' scenario?

I have recently purchased an Intel X-25 G2 SSD (160GB) as an extra drive for my laptop. I created a fixed size disk virtual disk (40GB) and have installed Windows Server 2008 R2 onto this VHD. I now ...
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How do you use a VHD?

How do I use a Microsoft VHD file? How do I run it?
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Boot to VHD backup plan

I have a machine that I just reinstalled Windows and all of my applications onto... what a chore that is. I want to totally and completely avoid this from now on by creating an image. My first ...
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Is there a tool to convert VHD images to VDI images?

I saw the response for converting VDI images into VHD images, but I want to do the opposite conversion - is there a tool to do this?
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Virtual PC - How to convert .nrg file to .vhd

I have a live cd of linux. named Knoppix. I want to run it as a virtual OS on my windows. I have installed windows xp on my PC. And I am using "Microsoft Virtual PC" for using Virtual OS. What My ...
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windows 2008, Resize partition

Hello I try to split my hard drive to 3 partition by Windows tools, I have 385 GB free space on C drive but when I try to shrink it , only it allows 25 GB to be shrinked. windows report it is for ...
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Virtualbox, merging snapshots and base disk

I have a virtual machine with about 30 snapshots in branches. The current development path is 22 snapshots plus the base disk. The amount of files is seemingly having an impact now on IO and the dev ...
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Take snapshot when doing Windows 7 boot to .vhd

Here is what I would like to be able to do: I would like to run from a .vhd. I would like to take snapshots of that .vhd. I would like to be able to revert back to any of the saved .vhd snapshots. ...
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Making the free Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk image work with VirtualBox's simulated network card

I have a Macbook Pro at work and installed the current VirtualBox (3.2.4) today. However, after using the free VHD image of IE 7 on XP SP3 from Microsoft, the Virtual Operating System (XP) just ...
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Using a boot to vhd file as a virtual machine

I have two boot to vhd files, one for win2k8 and one for win7 ultimate. If I boot into the win2k8, can I start the win7 vhd as a virtual machine using the windows server 2008 hyper-v tools?
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Virtual PC lost parent disk for differential vhd

2 years ago I had that brilliant idea to create base Windows XP disk which all of my VM with XP will use. Of course it ended that I had only one VM with XP :-). Today I needed to make some free space ...