What is a .VHD File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .vhd extension and you don’t know what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .vhd file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .VHD file?

The file extension .VHD is Virtual PC Virtual Hard Disk. The development of this file was done by Microsoft. The file has the binary format, and it is a disk image file.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .vhd file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .VHD file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .VHD file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .VHD file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .vhd file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Oracle VM VirtualBox, Smart Projects IsoBuster and 7-Zip software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .VHD file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Oracle VM VirtualBox software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .VHD file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .vhd file on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Oracle VM VirtualBox software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .VHD file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Oracle VM VirtualBox software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .VHD file on Linux

To open the .vhd file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Oracle VM VirtualBox software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .VHD file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Oracle VM VirtualBox software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .VHD file?

If you cannot open the .VHD file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .VHD file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .vhdl – VHDL Source File, .vhdx – Microsoft, .vhv – Valve, .vi – National Instruments, .vibe – SensationSoft. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .VHD file with the Oracle VM VirtualBox, Smart Projects IsoBuster, 7-Zip programs on Windows, Oracle VM VirtualBox program on Mac and Oracle VM VirtualBox software on Linux.