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

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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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How to complete restore using just a VHDX file?

Let me please explain the scenario what I went through. I have a Transcend SSD which I use to boot my PC which I upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. I have two other hard disk drives (one tera ...
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Is it possible to boot a Windows VHD using GRUB on a physical machine?

Is it possible to boot Windows from a VHD file which is stored on a Linux partition? I don't want to run Windows under VirtualBox. Linux is the only OS on the hard drive, and Windows should only ...
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Disc2vhd and partitioning

I am using Disc2Vhd to make a vhd of my drive. Does the tool support partitions? My partitions of C:\ are listed as both drives and volumes. In short, is there any issue when I select both partitions ...
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Trying to auto-mount a VHD from microSD results in Error 0x80004005

I was following the instructions from this question down to the last detail, however on my Surface Pro 3, all I get when looking at Task Scheduling is an unknown error everytime I boot up my Tablet. ...
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How to re-shrink a bloated vhdx

I created a Virtual Hard Disk which expanded in filesize as I stored more stuff. But it doesn't reduce back in size as I delete stuff from it. As you can see It only has 10G worth of content on the ...
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How to get the total allocated size of the files inside a folder on Windows

I have a SMB share in which I keep a bunch of dynamic VHD and QCOW2 images used as volumes for virtual machines. This share is supposed to be used by Hyper-V as well as KVM nodes. I'd like to know ...
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Which disk image support siplit into files, VDI, VMDK, or VHD?

Different from this quesiton, What disk image should I use with VirtualBox, VDI, VMDK, VHD or HDD? Does only vmdk format support 'splitting the storage file into files'? What about other formats? ...
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How to mount vhd in Windows Vista?

How do you mount a .vhd file in Windows Vista? In Windows 7 you use disk management but there is no option available for Windows Vista.
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Adding Windows 7 VHD back to multiboot in Windows 8

I have currently installed Windows 8 Pro with WMC on my laptop. This laptop came with Windows 7, here were some stock apps installed by HP that I want to run now, unfortunately, HP has not yet ...
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Install windows 8 via VHD from windows 7 bootcamp on Macbook

I know this is crazy, so hear it out. I am interested in installing windows 8 on my Macbook. I already have windows 7 installed via bootcamp from Mountain Lion. Has anyone successfully installed ...
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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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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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unable to proceed with dual-boot VHD because windows could not update the computer boot configuration

I've done this before, and everything "just worked" but for some reason setting up a VHD dual boot with Windows 7 this time is stalling. I create the VHD, no problem I Install the image form ...
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Convert VMDK to VHD

I need to convert a VMDK to a VHD for importing into Hyper-V. It seems that the answers to the apparent duplicate here do not help me. The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter will only take the ...
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Azure VM Replication and Failover

Here's the scenario: I have an application that requires the existence of an Azure VM where all components of that application are contained in that one VM. (I know.) Naturally that VM exists in a ...
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Misleading “Couldn't mount file” message after successful mounting of removable Virtual Hard Disk that is part of Storage pool

I use two-way mirror feature of Windows 8 to regularly and transparently backup my important disks on USB drive. Size of my USB drive is much higher than size of disk to backup, so allocating whole ...
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Is it possible to install Windows 10 on VHD with WIMBoot enabled?

I want to install the Windows 10 preview in my machine. I used preview versions of Windows 8, which was installed in VHD. But in my new machine, the SSD storage is limited. I cannot afford a ~20GB VHD ...
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Virtual PC 64-bit ntoskrnl.exe

I had a 32-bit windows 7 box running Virtual PC, with a Windows 2003 guest. It performed flawlessly. I recently put in a 64-bit Windows 7 box. I installed 64-bit Virtual PC. I copied the VHD file ...
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Hide non VHD partitions

I have two partition on my HDD: C and D. On D: I have a vhd image (with windows 7 ultimate) that I use to boot from. When I'm running the OS from VHD I can still access my physical parititons. Is it ...
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How to see what is changed in a difference image?

After restoring a backup, there is always the question of "What was broken?" I can always create a post-catastrophe backup image offline, mount it, mount a pre-catastrophe image and use a file ...
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How can I see which edition of windows 8 is installed on a hdd image without starting it?

I have a .vhdx image of a installed Windows 8 and I need to know which edition is installed on that image. Because I encounter the same issue described in this question: Getting Windows 8 System ...
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Use vhdx backup file as Virtual Machine in Hyper-V

I have a Windows 8 machine which I backed-up using the Control Panel -> Windows 7 File Recovery -> Create System Image. This produces a folder with a lot of .xml and a 2 .vhdx files. Is it possible to ...
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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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If you convert a HD to a VHD how do you activate Windows?

I used the HD2VHD (from Sys Internals) wit the HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) enabled. However, when I try to run it, the Virtual PC guest doesn't have internet access. And when I called Microsoft ...
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Win 7 Pro VHD schedule

Hi I want to create a schedule for a physical PC running win 7 pro for creating system VHD for hyper -V. I have searched the google but could not find the proper solution. Pls suggest the method.
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Can I use the same VHD file to switch back and forth between boot to VHD and a Hyper-V virtual machine?

I'd like to physically install Windows 8.1 Pro and convert my existing physical Windows 7 machine to a VHD as I'd like the convenience of using a Hyper-V virtual machine to access it without having to ...
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One VHD attached to multiple computers

Is it possible to have one VHD and have multiple computers attach it? I get the error "Cannot attach vhd because another process is using it".
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Hyper-V featuers missing, moving from virtual pc

I use an instance of xp in virtual pc for some development tasks (old vb6 stuff etc). Now I'm in win 8 and setup hyper-v for this, and booted up my old vhd's in it. I've noticed right off that ...
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Can't use VHD in a particular machine

(All the machines referred below have Windows 7 Professional.) I have a virtual machine targetted for Virtual PC. I'm able to use that disk in two different machines (32 bit and 64 bit, ...
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Create VHD from C drive (Windows 7) to boot from using Hyper-V

Is it possible to create a VHD from the C drive running Windows 7 and then boot from the VHD using Hyper-V? I have tried this using Dish2vhd by Sysinternals, but when I try to boot from the VHD in ...
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Boot Windows from GRUB via virtual hard disk

Building on Is there a Linux equivalent for VHD from which it can boot? Is there any way to boot Windows from GRUB such that it is running from a virtual hard disk but everything else is on bare ...
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How to convert Windows 8.1 live machine to bootable .vhd and run it in VirtualBox?

I tried converting my PC using disk2vhd several times with no success. I check all partitions including hidden system partitions and create single .vhd file from it. I did it before with Windows XP ...
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Is it possible to run Windows 8 in VirtualBox from .vhd created by disk2vhd?

I want to upgrade my Windows 8.1 machine to Windows 10, but first I need to do complete refresh of the PC. As it's hard to remember everything for backup (like settings in various programs etc) I ...
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Windows Backup VHD file format

I created a backup using the Windows "Backup and Restore" in Windows 7. The harddrive was encrypted using DiskCryptor. The windows image consists of 2 vhd files where one of them is the main ...
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Windows 7 missing from boot menu

Before doing anything I previously had Windows 7 only installed. I made a VHD, and used the imagex command to directly install the iso file for the Wimdows 10 preview to my vhd. I then used bcdboot ...
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Cannot browse files stored on mounted VHD with explorer, but can access via apps & directories

Running Windows 8.1 and created a VHD on an SD card (SD: NTFS; VHD: NTFS [bitlocker], Windows 8.1). Created script & task to mount on startup, and have directories stored on it (ie: documents, ...
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Using Differencing VHD on Win 7

I was given two VHDs by a service provider, differencing disk D and parent disk P. These VHDs are meant for me to get training and proceed with development in future. The instructions were to use ...
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Windows 7 backup - multiple VHD system images on a dedicated disk

I use a 4 TB dedicated disk to save my daily VHD system images via Windows 7 Backup. However only one VHD image is being saved despite setting 100% for System Restore on that disk. Creating a new VHD ...
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Convert image format VHD to VHDX in-place?

I am stuck in a situation where I need to convert some large VHD image files to VHDX format. I do not have space on my disks to have both VHD and VHDX files present and I hope there is an alternative ...
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Converting .vhd file to .raw - File is too small and does not boot

I have a Hyper-v .vhd file I am trying to convert to .raw for Proxmox however every time I convert the size is less than half of the actual disk space used and when I import it doesn't boot. I ...
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Can I transfer a Windows installation from one disk to another by simple file copy?

I have a virtual hard drive (.vhd file) with a Windows 8.1 installation, and a physical hard drive with data. Can I transfer the 8.1 installation from one drive to the other without re-formatting ...
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Windows 8 installed on VHD causing a VHD boot initialization error

I'm running 32-bit Windows 7 Professional on an HP notebook (which is 64-bit capable). Virtualisation chip has been enabled. Recently I thought I'd finally give Windows 8.1 a whirl. So, I did this: ...
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How to mount a BitLocker-encrypted VHD file from the command line?

I am looking for a way to mount a BitLocker-encrypted VHD file from the command line. I do need to specify the password on the command line as well, or use some kind of key file. I don't want to have ...
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Mount the same VHD file from multiple user sessions

Is it possible to mount the same VHD file from two different user sessions? I'm using Windows 7. Scenario: user 1 logs in, mounts the VHD file user 2 logs in, mounts the same VHD file My VHD file ...
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Format of Dynamic VHD created using windows server 2012 and Hyper-V

I created Dynamic VHDs using windows-7, windows server 2012 and Hyper-V. The VHD created in windows 7's Block starts right after the BAT but the VHD created using windows server 2012 and Hyper-V has a ...
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BSOD on VHD on new SSD after a friend played some 'custom' MineCraft… Malicious rootkit virus? MBR corrupt

SPEC: Dell XPS 420 with (almost brand) new Vertex OCZ SSD. Hardware tests seem ok. Hi guys, like a couple of folks have mentioned, I'm having BSOD issue (0x0000007b - 'no boot device') all of a ...
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Location of an extended partiton in a physical disk?

I am trying to copy a physical disk to a VHD file. It works fine when OS is on primary partition but when I try to copy OS which is on extended partition the VHD wont boot. The scenario is Boot files ...
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VirtualBox FATAL: INT18: BOOT FAILURE

I have just took a back up of my windows PC, in the backup folder I can see a VHD file, I thought to run this with VirtualBox, but I the boot failure message. I suspect there is not boot information ...
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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 ...