How To Delete a VHD in Windows 7

By Brian Burgess on November 23rd, 2009

Windows 7 has a neat feature where you can create Virtual Hard Drives and even encrypt them. Today we show you how to delete it if you no longer need the drive and regain local hard drive space.

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In a previous post we showed you the steps for creating a VHD. Remember when creating a VHD it’s using the space on the volume where you create it.

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When you no longer have a use for it, you can go into Computer Management by right-clicking Computer then Manage.

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In Computer Management go under Disk Management, right-click on the VHD you want to get rid of and select Delete Volume.

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Agree to the warning message that appears. You probably want to make sure and head its advice and make sure there is no data you need on it.

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However, the drive is not completely gone, you’ll need to go in and manually delete it.

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That’s it! Now it’s gone and you have regained some hard drive space for whatever you need.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 11/23/09
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