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The Benefits of a Virtual Hard Drive

A Virtual Hard Drive, or VHD, is essentially a disk image file format for storing the complete contents of a hard drive or operating system. It can be moved around, deleted, re-named, and otherwise treated like a regular file on your PC. The benefit of using it to house a different operating system is that it is seperate from the main part of your PC as well as letting you leverage your hardware so it functions better than it would if you used Virtual Box or VMware to run it. If you ever wanted to try out a different operating system, such as Linux, or maybe the Windows 10 technical preview, then I would recommend doing it in a VHD to keep the rest of your system safe. Just make sure to keep in mind that it will still cause a partitioning of your hard drive which means dual booting. If that doesn't sound familiar to you, make sure to look it up first to avoid any possible headache. Here is a link from Microsoft on how to create one: VHD


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allen0187 wrote on February 11, 2015, 9:26 PM

Thanks for sharing this. I'm actually looking for somethng similar to store my photos and all my online writing posts.

nbaquero wrote on February 12, 2015, 5:34 PM

thing2 Seems that Virtualization is really taking over the computing world, and there are reasons for that, such as less Hardware, Reduced Power requirements, etc. I was aware of Virtual Machines but did not know about VHD, seems like a quick and interesting alternative to VMs.

lookatdesktop wrote on March 20, 2016, 1:29 PM

Good information here. Thanks.