Are you trying to open and access the data in your VHD file? Well, you are in the right place. In this blog, we are going to discuss how you can open your VHD file with or without Virtualbox. Nowadays, Microsoft operating systems can be downloaded to VHDX/VHD file officially.
Hyper-V is Microsoft’s server virtualization hypervisor for which VHD files are most importantly made for.
Before moving on to the topic, let’s discuss the VHD and VHDX files we are going to work with.
The process of opening VHD files takes time, but not if done in the right manner. We can use Oracle VirtualBox to open the VHD files. We can also save a good amount of time by using pre-installed virtual machine disk files. For a smooth and quick process, we can also avoid downloading and installing the ISO files. Let’s know how to do it:
Before you proceed to open VHD files with VirtualBox, you will first need to convert it into VDI format. There are many options available to open VHD files, but doing it with inbuilt VirtualBox is the ideal one.
VBoxManage.exe clonemedium disk “D:\Windows2019.vhd” D:\Windows2019.vdi –format vdi
This will take a few minutes to convert the file, wait for it, and you are done.
Now, let’s open VHD files with VirtualBox by following the below-mentioned steps:
Note: When you are specifying the memory of your host machine, make sure it matches the value of the required memory of the virtualized OS.
After this, the virtual machine should boot on your screen. If not, you might need to adjust the environment settings. In such a situation, you can follow the below-mentioned steps:
a. Enable the IO APIC by clicking on the motherboard.
b. Enable 1/multiple CPU’s and disable PAE/NX features on the processor.
c. Configure VHD as a SATA device. Even if the VHD was configured as a SATA device in the original machine, try reconfiguring it.
If the above-mentioned steps were a little bit confusing to you and you do not have enough time to perform them all, this method is for you. With the Kernel VHD/VHDX Viewer, you can open and view VHD/VHDX files in a few easy steps without wasting a lot of time. Let’s know how to open and view VHD files:
So, this is how you can open VHD/VHDX files with the Kernel VHD/VHDX Viewer tool. Just follow these simple steps. This tool can open VHD files with all the available data like images, docs, pdfs, etc. Open files even if they are severely corrupt, and also, search for files with the help of the search feature of the tool.
In this blog, we discussed VHD files and how to open them. We started the blog explaining what VHD and VHDX files are. We tried opening VHD files with Oracle VirtualBox. The manual way to open VHD files in VirtualBox is a bit tricky and time-consuming. So, to cut short the time and make it easier, we suggested using different tool. We used Kernel VHD/VHDX Viewer to open VHD files with total ease. Hope this blog helped you.