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VHD File Format

Disk image file format used with Virtual Server and Hyper-V

VHD is the file extension for a disk image file format for storing the complete contents of a hard drive. VHD stands for virtual hard disk. The disk image, sometimes called a virtual machine, replicates an existing hard drive and includes all data and structural elements.

VHD is the format used for Virtual Server and Hyper-V hypervisors. The VMware counterpart to the VHD file format is the VMDK format. 


Learn more about virtual hard disks:

> Anil Desai explains more about VHD options.
> Learn how to mount a virtual hard disk in Windows 7.
> See questions and answers about virtual machines or ask your own questions.

This was last updated in September 2010
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