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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Virtual disk images in Windows XP

What you need:
What to do:
  1. Download and install FileDisk from the website above.
  2. Open a command prompt (Start>Run>type cmd)
  3. Type the following text into the command prompt at C:\
fsutil file createnew example.img 1000000000
filedisk /mount 0 c:\example.img x:

Replace the parameters like this:
  • example.img >> Whatever you want the image file to be called
  • 1000000000 >> The size of your drive
  • 0 >> The filedisk drive ID (starts at 0, must be the lowest integer available)
  • c:\example.img >> The name of your image (note: path must be specified even if in current directory)
  • x: >> The drive letter (must not be in use) followed by a colon (:)
To unmount the drive: filedisk /umount x:

Note that you will need to format the new drive. You can then access it like any other drive until you reboot.

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