Start a Virtual Hard Disk in Windows 8

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    First thing that we need to do is right-click the lower-left corner of the screen
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    From the menu, click "Disk Management"
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    If we have already created a virtual disk, then a message will pop up, telling us to initialize the disk. If the menu does not pop up, we can do it manually.
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    To find out how to create a virtual disk, watch our VisiHow tutorial on how to do so
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    In this case, we click "Cancel"
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    We scroll down to locate a disk that has not been initialized
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    We right-click the disk
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    We click "Initialize Disk"
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    The "Initialize Disk" menu will be shown. In this case, the virtual disk is called "Disk 2".
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    The "Disk 2" virtual disk is the disk that we want to initialize, so we leave it checked
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    In the next section, we need to select "MBR (Master Boot Record)" or "GPT (GUID Partition Table)"
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    In case we want to install older versions of Windows or any other operating systems, we should keep the MBR. If we want to install any newer operating systems, then we should check "GPT...".
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    In this case, we click "MBR (Master Boot Record)"
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    We click "OK"
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    We wait for the "Disk Management" to finish
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    It might take several seconds, minutes, or hours, depending on the size of the virtual disk that we are creating.
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    Once the process has been finished, we can close the "Disk Management" window
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Recent edits by: Alexander Avdeev, Lukward Thomason

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