Mounting a VHD file in Windows 7 with Read or Write Access

Microsoft Windows 7 enables users to mount a VHD file using the Disk Management snap-in with Read or Write access. VHD files are Virtual Hard Drives used by Microsoft Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server.

Mounting a VHD File – Using Disk Management

  1. Click Start Orb.
  2. Type:

    mmc
  3. Right-click mmc to select Run as Administrator to open the snap-in.

  4. From the File menu select Add/Remove snap-in….

  5. Select Disk Management and click Add.

  6. Ensure Local Computer is selected and click Finish.

  7. Ensure Disk Management is added as a Snap-In and click Ok.

  8. Select the Disk Management node.
  9. Select a Drive with an assigned drive letter.
  10. Right-click the Disk Management node to select Attach VHD.

  11. Browse to the VHD to mount. You can place a check in the Read-only checkbox if you only need read access to the VHD.

Mounting a VHD File – Using Command Prompt

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt, see “Elevate a Command Prompt in Windows 7” for help.
  2. Type:

    diskpart
  3. Type:

    select vdisk file=c:\VHD\Vista.vhd
  4. Type:

    attach vdisk
  5. Type:

    exit

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Edited: April 12, 2014

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