Open a .VHD File in Windows 7

Virtual Hard Disk (.VHD) files are used by Virtual PC and Virtual Server, and created by Windows Backup when you make a system image backup. If you ever need to access files contained within a .VHD, you can do it using the Disk Management tool built into Windows 7. Just follow these steps:

1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Manage.

2. Expand Storage, and then click Disk Management.

3. Click the Action menu, and then click Attach VHD.

4. Click the Browse button, select your VHD file, and then click OK twice.

5. Open Explorer and access the VHD like a newly created hard disk. It’ll show up as a blue disk in the Disk Management snap-in. For example, mine appeared as the H: drive.

13 Responses to “Open a .VHD File in Windows 7”

  1. Carlos A Gonzalez says:

    thankssssssssssss please thank you it workssssssssssss

  2. leo says:

    thanks, this is the easy way to mount a win 7 backup after a crash.

  3. Rudy says:

    I thought I had lost all my movies, pictures, and music, and I had just about given up all hope of getting it back except by a high priced professional which is cost prohibitive to me. So, I say thank yoooooouuuuuu very much.

  4. I got the message “Access is Denied”! what should I do?

  5. kaushik2076 says:

    Thanks.. it helped me alot…

  6. Dilip Kumar Sarma says:

    Thanks a lot. It help me like anything.

  7. Herc says:

    I simply wanted to see if my back up worked, and it did. Thank you for that. It has however created a new image drive of my C drive, called K. How can I delete this and is it ok to do so?


  8. Stephen says:

    Many thanks dude!

  9. DIV says:

    This forum seems to have the perfect answer to my problem, like the others before me. However, I too have received the dreaded “Access is Denied” when I try to attach the VHD file. What could be causing this?

  10. Duc says:

    I owe you my precious data. Thanks so much

  11. Primo says:

    Thanks for the help. It was so easy to do. Aloha

  12. sardor says:

    thanks a lot, I had no idea how to fix it, but now, it’s easy, thanks God, I found your comment, and thanks you too:)