Are you searching for a way to create a virtual hard drive in your Windows PC? Well, you can create a virtual hard drive in Windows using the disk management (the default and the hidden feature of Windows). In this tutorial, I am providing some simple steps to create a virtual hard drive on Windows.
With Disk Management console, you can create a partition, manage an already created partition and create a Virtual hard disk. Let us discuss the steps in detail.
Steps To Create A Virtual Hard Drive In Windows:
Step 1: To get started, go to start and right click on the Computer and select “Manage” from the context menu. This will open up the Computer Management as shown below. Navigate to the “Disk Management” in the left pane to get into the Disk Management Console.
Alternatively, you can also press Win + R on your keyboard to open the Run box. Now type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter to open the disk management console.
Step 2: In the disk management console select Action -> Create VHD. This will now allow you to create a new virtual hard disk in your windows PC.
Step 3: In the “Create And Attach Virtual Hard Disk” window Specify the location where the Virtual Hard Disk needs to be stored using the “Browse” button. Specify the Disk Size and select the format from the available options. Here I am selecting the format type as “Dynamically Expanding“. Click “OK” to proceed to the next screen.
Step 4: Now the Virtual Hard Disk is created, and you may see the created hard disk in the management console window as unallocated space.
Step 5: You may see a down arrow indicating that the disk is not initialized. To be able to partition the drive, you need to initialize the disk. Right click on the Disk with the downlink and select Initialize Disk.
Step 6: In the Initialize Disk window Select the “MBR (Master Boot Record)” and click OK.
Step 7: Now the Disk is initialized. To partition the disk, right click on the unallocated space and select New Simple Volume.
Step 8: This will now open up the New Simple Volume Wizard as shown below. Click “Next” on the welcome screen.
Step 9: Specify the volume size on the “Next” screen and click Next.
Step 10: The next screen will let you assign a drive letter. Choose the unallocated drive letter and click “Next“.
Note: It is advisable to select the least available drive letter to avoid conflicts.
Step 11: In the Format Partition window, select the file system as NTFS, and label the volume as per your wish. It is advisable to select “Perform A Quick Format” check box and once done click “Next“.
Step 12: Finally click “Finish” to create the virtual hard disk.
Step 13: If you enable the Auto Play, on successful creation, you will get a pop-up which let you open the newly created hard drive.
Step 14: Of course, you can also open it through the explorer as shown below.
That’s it. You have now successfully created a virtual hard disk on your Windows PC. These steps will also work on other versions of Windows like Windows 8.1, Windows XP, etc.
You can also create a Virtual Hard Disk using command prompt window. We have a separate article in which we show how to create a virtual hard disk using diskpart in windows.
If you encounter any issues while following this tutorial, do let me know using the comments section below.