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VHDX Windows Hyper-V 3.0

Windows Tips & Tricks

VHDX Windows Hyper-V 3.0

»» 11.DEC.2013 / updated: 04.APR.2021/

VHDX Windows Hyper-V 3.0: Hyper-V (hypervisor) is a virtualization service, and introducing the change old VHD format with the new version under the name VHDX in Disk Management.

Some of the benefits:

  1. - Old Hyper-V VHD only has a capacity up to 2 TB, the VHDX 64 TB.
  2. - Protection against data corruption due to power failure.
  3. - Better virtual formats alignment on hard disk.
  4. - Offers optimum performance on hard drives of large capacity.

Note: Hyper-V is built into Windows as an optional feature - there is no Hyper-V download.

Check the requirements:

  1. - Works only on Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro or Education 64-bit with Secondary Address Translation (SLAT).
  2. - Windows 10 Home does not include Hyper-V. Upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro by opening Settings> Update and Security> Activation.

More details

1) - For Windows Hyper-V 3.0 virtual disk creation VHDX proceed as follows:

2) - Press Windows -Logo + R on the keyboard simultaneously, and type the command diskmgmt.msc in the Run window that appears, and then press Enter.

type the command firewall cpl

3) - Appears Disk Management in the top menu, click on Action. Here on Create VHDX.

Appears Disk Management

4) - Change the settings as shown below. Of course, you can change the size to fit your needs. For setting other routes click Browse ...

click Browse

5) - By the Browse ..., you can set the path of salvation. Windows Explorer appears. Click the small, down arrow, and select the file VHDx instead of VHD, and then add any name. Finally, click Save. With this we return to the illustration above, where click OK.

select the file VHDx

6) - Create the image VHDX. Few seconds.

A monitoring process occurs

7) - Scroll down to see the new drive virtual, tape still black, indicating that it is a partition "unallocated" uninitialized.

partition unallocated uninitialized

8) - For changes to take effect, restart the computer. (Click vain VHDX file saved per unit D:\, displays the error message "not initialized").

After reboot

9) - Press Windows -Logo + R on the keyboard simultaneously, and type the command diskmgmt.msc in the Run window that appears, and then press Enter.

type the command firewall cpl

10) - Do not make any changes, click on OK button.

Do not make any changes

But that's still not enough. It should be noted that volume, and must be formatted as real drivers.

11) - Once initialized, small window disappears and opens the Disk Management window, click in the virtual disk, with black stripe, with the right mouse button, and from the pop-up menu, select New simple volumes ...

from the pop-up menu, select New simple volumes

- 3-4 window will appear with different information, but click only the Next and then Finish button.

12) - After a while black banda currency is blue, indicating that it has been selected as a primary partition and assign a drive letter.

assign a drive letter

13) - Click on the blue bar with the right button of mouse, and choose Format.

choose Format

14) - By default, recommended quick format. Do not change anything. Click Start.

Click Start

15) - A window indicates that all data will be deleted. Ignored, as not yet contain any data virtual disk. Click OK. When you have finished formatting, as seen in the image, indicating that the disc is Primary Partition ...

Primary Partition

Finished. You can close the Disk Manager.

16) - Now, if you click on Computer on the desktop, including hard drives, will be visible and newly created virtual disk.

discul virtual nou creat

- There are two ways you can open the virtual drive.

  1. Click, as seen on the image above, on the new volume (J:), with the left mouse button. OR:
  2. Open the file where you saved the virtual disk image (in this example, D:\).

Here we find with the saved name. (in our example: virtual.vhdx). Simply click the disk image file.

click the disk image file

Just wrap with your favorite programs, images, videos, etc. Work as a unit like real.

Work as a unit like real

Although you can encrypt with the BitLocker disk utility, built into Windows system, will you insure that no one else gets access to your files, there's no need to encrypt the entire drive, but this file VHDX.


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