How to attach a VHD in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012

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How to attach a VHD in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012

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Added by December 2, 2013

There may be times when you will find it necessary to attach a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) to your existing operating system. Window 7 and later operating systems support this feature. In this blog we will explore the steps to attach and detach the VHD.

Follow these steps to attach the VHD in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

1. Launch the Computer Management console.

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2. Click on Disk Management to view the current disk attached.

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3. Right click on Disk Management and then click on Attach VHD.

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4. On the Attach Virtual Hard Disk dialog box type in the path to the VHD or click Browse. Browse to the path of the VHD. Click OK.

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5. The Virtual Hard disk is now mounted and assigned Drive letters.

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6. Your drive is now ready for use.

Follow the following steps to detach the VHD in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

1. Launch the Computer Management console.

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2. I want to detach Disk 1, right click on Disk 1 and click on Detach VHD.

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3. CAUTION, if you do not desire to delete the disk ensure the Delete the virtual hard disk file after removing the disk check box is cleared and press OK.

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4. The VHD is now detached.

Follow these steps to attach the VHD in Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012.

1. Launch the Server Manager console.

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2. Use the same steps as above to attach and detach a VHD in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.

Until next time, RIDE SAFE!!!
Rick Trader
Windows Server Instructor – Interface Technical Training
Phoenix, AZ

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