Mount VHD Image On Windows Without Installing Any Software

by Rohit Khurana on April 21, 2012


VHD or Virtual Hard Disk images are a compressed format which can save entire Hard Disk drive image or a drive partition image on a file. These images are used in many applications like backup of data, running virtual machines, like virtual operating systems inside an OS, and other applications. In this small tutorial, I will share with you how you can mount VHD Image (or Virtual Hard Disk Image) in Windows without installing any software. Windows 7 has in-built option in disk management to mount VHD images directly. The process is pretty simple, just follow the steps given below.

Mount VHD Image Or Attach A VHD Image In Windows

Step1: Right click on Computer icon on Windows and click Manage. This will open the Computer Management Window.

Open Management Console In Windows 7

Step 2: On the left hand side of the Computer Management Window, click on Disk Management.

Open Disk Management In Computer Management Options

Step 3: Click on Action > Attach VHD . This will open a small windows to ask for the path of the VHD file to mount or attach on Windows.

Action Attach VHD

Select thee path of the VHD file and click OK. You can also mount the VHD in read only format if you want thee data to not be modified.



Soon after you press OK, you will see that Windows will detect a new drive for which you will see a notification in Windows tray area as well as it will show up on Windows Disk Management Windows as well.

VHD Detected

The disk is now mounted. You can access the contents if you assign a drive letter to this disk by right clicking on the mounted disk and assigning it an unused drive letter path after which it will show up like a disk in Windows My Computer or Explorer.

VHD Visible In Disk Management

Unmount VHD Image Or Detach A VHD Image In Windows

Unmounting or detaching a VHD image in Windows is also fairly simple. In the disk management windows, simply right click on the VHD disk displayed in the disk management and clock on Detach VHD.

Detach VHD

Detaching a VHD also gives you an option to delete it if you want to. If you don’t want to delete the VHD file after unmounting, simply click OK without checking the delete option on the unmount confirmation window.

Detach VHD Prompt

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MOHD NAZIR April 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm

how to create vhd? if i create vhd of 150gb, then would it actually takes space of 150 gb from real hdd?

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