Create Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 8

Edited by Lukward Thomason, Crystal, Eng

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Steps

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    We need to right-click in the lower left corner of the screen and click "Disk Management"
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    Wait for it to load.
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    When it loads, click "Action" in the upper left part of the screen, then click "Create VHD"
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    A new window will open where we need to specify the location of the virtual hard drive.
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    To do this, we need to click "Browse"
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    When the menu opens, we need to select the directory
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    In this case, we're going to select Local Disk (D:).
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    We need to name it and click "Save"
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    We'll name it "VisiHow virtual".
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    Once it's done, we need to specify the size of the hard drive
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    For the sake of the tutorial, we're going to make it as small as possible (1GB). To make it 1GB, we need to type in 1024 MB. Alternatively, we simply type in 1 and select GB from the drop down menu. We can do the same thing with MB or TB.
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    The next section is the virtual hard disk format
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    The VHD format supports 2 TB of information while VHDX supports up to 64 TB. In this case, we're going to stick to "VHD", but if we wanted to create it even bigger, we'd need to check "VHDX",
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    The next section is the virtual hard disk type
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    In this case, it's set to "Fixed size", which means it will only take up 1 GB and won't get larger. If we choose "Dynamically expanding", if the data is written on the virtual disk and 1 GB (in this example) won't be enough, then it will automatically expand. In this case, we're going to select "Fixed size".
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    Select everything according to preference and click "OK"
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    Wait for the process to finish
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    It might take several seconds, minutes or even hours, depending on the virtual drive size that we have specified.
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    Once the process is finished, our virtual hard drive has been created and we can scroll down the disk list to find it
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    In this example, it's Disk 2 - Unknown.
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    This concludes the tutorial on how to create a virtual disk on a Windows 8 computer
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    Thank you for watching VisiHow. If you have any other comments or questions, please leave them in the comment section below.
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Categories : Windows

Recent edits by: Crystal, Lukward Thomason

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