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How to Auto-Mount VHD or VHDX File at Startup in Windows 10

VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) is a file format which represents a virtual hard disk drive (HDD). It may contain what is found on a physical HDD, such as disk partitions and a file system, which in turn can contain files and folders. It is typically used as the hard disk of a virtual machine.

VHDX is a Hyper-V virtual hard disk file format. VHDX has a much larger 64 TB storage capacity than the older VHD format 2TB limit. It also provides data corruption protection during power failures and optimizes structural alignments of dynamic and differencing disks to prevent performance degradation on new, large-sector physical disks.

When you mount a .vhd or .vhdx file, it will be added as a drive in This PC to open it from.

This tutorial will show you how to create an elevated task to auto-mount a VHD or VHDX file at startup for all users in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

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How to Create BitLocker Encrypted Container File with a VHD or VHDX File in Windows

You can use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect your files on an entire drive. BitLocker can help block hackers from accessing the system files they rely on to discover your password, or from accessing your drive by physically removing it from your PC and installing it in a different one. You can still sign in to Windows and use your files as you normally would.

New files are automatically encrypted when you add them to a drive that uses BitLocker. However, if you copy these files to another drive or a different PC, they’re automatically decrypted.

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).

You can also use BitLocker to encrypted a VHD or VHDX (virtual hard disk) file mounted as a drive. You can copy and move this VHD or VHDX file to any Windows computer as a portable encrypted container file. When you mount the VHD or VHDX file on a computer and try to open the encrypted drive for it, you will be prompted for your BitLocker password before it will open.

You can save files into this BitLocker drive for VHD or VHDX file when unlocked like any other drive, and lock or unmount the drive when you like to secure it.

This tutorial will show you how to create a portable BitLocker encrypted container file using a mounted VHD or VHDX file in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Create and Set Up New VHD or VHDX File in Windows 10

VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) is a file format which represents a virtual hard disk drive (HDD). It may contain what is found on a physical HDD, such as disk partitions and a file system, which in turn can contain files and folders. It is typically used as the hard disk of a virtual machine.

VHDX is a Hyper-V virtual hard disk file format. VHDX has a much larger 64 TB storage capacity than the older VHD format 2TB limit. It also provides data corruption protection during power failures and optimizes structural alignments of dynamic and differencing disks to prevent performance degradation on new, large-sector physical disks.

You can choose to have a fixed size or dynamically expanding VHD or VHDX file.

  • Fixed size = This type of disk provides better performance. The virtual hard disk file is allocated to its maximum size when the virtual hard disk is created.
  • Dynamically expanding = This type of disk provides better use of physical storage space. The virtual hard disk file grows to its maximum size as data is written to the virtual hard disk.

Once you have the new .vhd or .vhdx file created and setup, you can copy or move it to any Windows 10 PC you want to mount it on.

When you mount a .vhd or .vhdx file in Windows, it will be added as a drive in This PC to open it from.

This tutorial will show you how to create and set up (initialized and formatted) a new VHD and VHDX virtual hard disk file in Windows 10.

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