Tag Archives: VHD

HOWTO compact vhd/vhdx Hyper-V files

It happened that the usual compact disk from Hyper-V Console doesn’t seem to be effective on one of mine .vhdx file. Looking around on the web, I discovered that it is a quite common problem. The solution is to open a Powershell window with administrative access rights, and use the following command: optimize-vhd <offline Hyper-V disk file> -mode full For further details about this command, … Continue reading HOWTO compact vhd/vhdx Hyper-V files »

HOWTO add encrypted disks to your PC

Imagine to be a contractor, and you want a secure black box to keep your customer data on your PC. This will come very useful, for example, in case of loss or theft of your notebook. A common approach is to encrypt the whole hard disk, but it has two main drawbacks: the whole system is slowed down by the disk encryption. usually it’s almost … Continue reading HOWTO add encrypted disks to your PC »

Virtualizing an old broken PC

Introduction A couple of weeks, a 12-15 years old desktop PC of mine died. After a quick investigation, it appeared to have some sort of electrical problem around the mainboard and the power supplier. I took a full week, to evaluate what to do. From the hardware point of view, it didn’t deserve any replacement. What is annoying me, is the 180€ of Windows 10 … Continue reading Virtualizing an old broken PC »

Mounting VHD files by command line

Today I needed to copy a DVD ISO image file outside a HyperV VM disk. I tried by using Remote desktop copy and paste feature but it failed. Looking over the web, I discovered that it is possible to mount .vhd file in order to access to the contained files directly from the hosting machine.  This solution worked fine for me. According to this post, … Continue reading Mounting VHD files by command line »