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Resize Windows 7 VHD to better optimize the virtual hard disk.

What is advantage VHD? And what does it can do?

VHD is a virtual hard disk file format, which means it contains what is stored on a physical hard disk drive. It is used in various virtualization packages, and can be used to install a wide variety of operating systems (various versions of Microsoft Windows and Linux).

VHD enables developers to test software on different operating systems without the cost or harm of actual hardware. It allows you to perform more operations:

  • Moving files between a VHD and the host file system
  • Backup and recovery
  • Antivirus and security
  • Image management and patching
  • Disk conversion (physical to virtual and so on)
  • Life-cycle management and provisioning

Windows 7 support for native VHD boot

Native VHD Boot refers to the ability of a physical computer to mount and boot from an operating system contained within a VHD. Windows 7 supports this ability, both with and without a host operating system to be present. Currently, only Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 2008 R2 are compatible with this feature.

Why you need to resize Windows 7 VHD?

When creating VHD in Windows 7 disk management or Virtual PC, you'll get one partition of one virtual disk, but sometimes, you need several virtual partitions to use. Of course you can create several virtual disks to get more partitions, but it is inconvenient to transfer the VHD file or native VHD boot.

Native VHD Boot refers to the ability of a physical computer to mount and boot from an operating system contained within a VHD. Windows 7 supports this ability, both with and without a host operating system to be present. Currently, only Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 2008 R2 are compatible with this feature. Then how to resize Windows VHD?

How to resize Windows 7 VHD? Choose EaseUS Partition Master for Help!

Tips: It is important to backup data before resizing partition, because nothing is 100% secure.

EaseUS Partition Master is a professional partition manager software which aims offering professional assistance for managing partitions such as to resize Windows 7 VHD or even copy the VHD. Let’s see how to resizing and moving partitions now:

1. Install Windows 7 partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master in local computer.

2. Attach the virtual hard disk VHD file.

Right click "My Computer" > Manage > Storage > Disk Management, right click Disk Management and choose Attach VHD.

3.Choose a partition which is empty on the virtual disk and the right click it. Select "Resize/Move partition" and drag the partition handle leftwards to shrink the partition.

Then there will be unallocated space behind the virtual disk drive, you can use the unallocated space to extend the partition VHD by dragging the handle rightwards to increase its size.

Move the data partition

4. Then click Apply.

Extend system partition

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