Knowledge of VHD
The full name of VHD is Virtual Hard Disk. It is a file formatted to be structurally identical to a physical hard disk. It is typically used in various virtualization packages, and can be used to install a wide variety of operating systems (various versions of Windows and Linux).
Virtualization now has become one of the most used features in personal computers and data centers. Since the standalone application “Virtual PC 2007” back in Windows XP days up to current Hyper-V feature in Windows 7, the amount of users has been steadily growing. VHD resizer is also growing at the same time.
Steps to create a VHD in Windows 7
Windows 7 is the most popular Windows OS today, so here I take Windows 7 as an example.
1.Open disk management, click the “Action” button then select “Create VHD” option.
2.In the pop-up window, select the VHD format and location on the machine. Click “OK”.
3.After it is initialized, you can create partition on it.
Why need to resize VHD?
Above I taught you how to create VHD. You see, to create a Windows VHD either through Virtual PC or Virtual Server, you have to specify the maximum size of the file first. You can set the VHD to be a fixed or dynamically sized file, the total size the VHD is determined at the time you create it. either by mistake, on purpose, because you were in a hurry, or by ignorance. Or even you just found it there, you clicked on the default options and create a dynamic 19.53Gb VHD.
Whatever the case, over time, you may actually realize that the amount of VHD volume assigned to is far away from being used. And plan to extend the total size of the VHD file to allow more space for installed programs and data files. So we need a VHD resizer to resize VHD.
How to use VHD resizer?
First we should know what is VHD Resizer. Windows 7 built-in disk management can be as a VHD Resizer, which allows you to extend or shrink the attached VHD as the same as the physical disks. More information please refer to Windows Help Document. I’ll ignore it here.
Some third-party software can also be as VHD Resizer. Such as AOMEI Partition Assistant, not only can help you resize VHD partition, but also has some other advanced partition operations: split VHD partition, convert FAT to NTFS, convert dynamic to basic, copy partition and so on.
Resizing the Partition on VHD with AOMEI Partition Assistant
1.Download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition, install and run. In the main interface you will directly get the hard drive information like disk model, partition file system, capacity, etc. Choose the partition on the VHD that you want to resize.
2. In the pop-up window, drag the partition handle leftwards to shrink the one you decided to resize. You can also type a definite value in the “Partition size” box. Then click “OK” to go back the main screen.
3. Click “apply” to commit the change.
Resizing means shrinking or extending. Above is only an example of shrinking. Maybe you will encounter a situation that need to expand VHD partition. AOMEI Partition Assistant is able to do this. “Extend Partition Wizard” and “Allocated Free Space” are two practical functions.
More about AOMEI Partition Assistant
AOMEI Partition Assistant is not only a VHD resizer, but also a optimizing partition software. You can set partition label freely, change drive letter as you want, check partition and fix errors, etc.
AOMEI Partition Assistant has different editions are designed for different Microsoft platform. Standard Edition is for PC users. As for Windows Server, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition or Server Edition.