VHD File Extension

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Virtual PC Virtual Hard Disk
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    Microsoft
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What is VHD file?

VHD is a file which contains a virtual image of a hard drive , used by Microsoft Windows Virtual PC. Single VHD file may contain all data stored on a physical hard drive, saved exactly in the same structure – partitions, system files, regular files and folders.

Possibilities resulting from VHD files

VHD files are usually used as discs of virtual machines, which enables to install and start multiple operating systems without necessity to possess several physical drives or separate computers. This enables many possibilities, e.g.: maintaining programs and applications in different environments. VHD files also enable to restore only chosen directories or a whole hard drive.

Brief history of VHD format

VHD format was created by Connectix company, bought in the year 2003 by Microsoft Corporation, which than created the Mircosoft Virtual PC product. Since 2005 Microsoft has deployed a free license for the VHD format. In the year 2012 certain upgrades were introduced, which were deployed as new format – VHDX.

Types of VHD files

VHD files can be identified in several types, which facilitates managing them. These are:

  • fixed hard disk image – has fixed size equal to the size the hard drive;
  • dynamic hard disk image – size of a file is equal to the size of files on the virtual drive and additionally size of file header;
  • differencing disc image - a separate file which operates under the condition that the current disc is the mother disc;
  • linked – contains only a link to a physical drive.

Conversion of a VHD file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the VHD extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of VHD file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from VHD extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to VHD file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the VHD file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the VHD file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the VHD file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the VHD file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the VHD file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the VHD file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

Do you want to help?

If you have additional information about the VHD file, we will be grateful if you share it with our users. To do this, use the form here and send us your information on VHD file.

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