In this episode of Defrag Tools, Chad Beeder and Andrew Richards discuss Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) files. We first dive into what a VHD is, how you can boot from a VHD by configuring bcdedit settings, and we see how they look in Disk Management. We then use Sysinternals Disk2VHD – a quick and easy way to make a VHD from a Physical drive. We also discuss the Volume Shadow Copy Service.

Additional Resources:
Sysinternals Disk2VHD
Scott Hanselmen – Guide to Installing and Booting off a VHD

[00:00] Building 20 and the Channel 9 Studio
[02:12] bcdedit – Booting from partition (physical disk) – osdevice|device: partition=C:
[04:37] “Choose an operating system” – Physical and Virtual boot devices
[06:48] VHD files – *.vhd and *.vhdx
[07:45] Fixed Size and Dynamic Size (file grows to the specified size with use)
[09:27] Disk Management – diskmgmt.msc or Win-X-K
[10:35] bcdedit – Booting from virtual hard disk – osdevice|device: vhd=[D:]vhdwin10.vhd
[11:55] Larry Larsen visits (briefly)!
[12:45] Windows 10 lets you open the VHD; mounts to the next drive letter. Use Eject to dismount.
[13:37] Disk Management – look like a normal drive (note the different icon)
[14:37] How to install Windows to a VHD – Scott Hanselmen blog
[15:13] Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
[16:18] Use diskpart or Disk Management to make the VHD file
[16:55] Use diskpart to attach (mount) the VHD file during Setup
[17:55] Why the Boot from VHD approach?
[19:50] Downloading Sysinternals Disk2VHD
[19:50] VHD downside – if they don’t get booted often, you need to apply lots of update
[19:50] Windows 7 and 8.1 Convenience Rollups
[23:18] Running Sysinternals Disk2VHD
[25:13] Volume Shadow Copy Service
[28:12] (Andrew: Can’t find the article I wrote on bcdedit settings – sorry)
[28:41] Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 — was just a VHD running virtually
[30:47] Questions? Email us at [email protected]

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