Q. How can I mount a virtual hard disk (VHD) file in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2?

A. Diskpart and Disk Manager in Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 have native VHD support and can be used to create and mount vhd files. Start Diskpart and use the following commands to create and attach to a VHD:

create vdisk file=c:\test.vhd maximum=10000 type=expandable
select vdisk file=c:\test.vhd
attach vdisk

From Disk Manager, use the Create VHD and Attach VHD actions, shown here. You can also use the Detach VHD action to detach a VHD that is currently attached. Once a VHD is attached you can mount the partitions contained in it.

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