creating a VM on another drive -


  1. Posts : 99
    Windows 10 pro
       #1

    creating a VM on another drive -


    I want to create a Hyper-v vm and store it on a secondary 'D' drive
    I then want to install a fresh copy of windows on my PC
    and still have access to that vm on the 'D' Drive.

    I am creating the VM now.
    I have set my config to save new VM's to “D:\Hyper-V\Configuration Files” and “D:\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks”

    I do not have a very good grasp of how VM's files are used so I am worried that there will be something saved on the original C drive that won't be available when I format it and re-install windows.

    Can anyone confirm that what I have done will work please?

    Thanks

    Mike
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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       #2

    mpooley said:
    Can anyone confirm that what I have done will work please?
    @Kari is the expert in this field, but I believe that the configuration files and the virtual disks are all that you need. I would think that once you have clean installed Windows and turned on Hyper-V in Windows Features then you should import the VM, selecting 'Register the virtual machine in-place' in order to keep using the files on your D: drive.

    If you have used the Default Switch for networking it should work straight away, but if you have created your own switch then you would need to create a new one and change the VM's settings to use it before the VM will work.

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  3. Posts : 99
    Windows 10 pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Bree said:
    @Kari is the expert in this field, but I believe that the configuration files and the virtual disks are all that you need. I would think that once you have clean installed Windows and turned on Hyper-V in Windows Features then you should import the VM, selecting 'Register the virtual machine in-place' in order to keep using the files on your D: drive.

    If you have used the Default Switch for networking it should work straight away, but if you have created your own switch then you would need to create a new one and change the VM's settings to use it before the VM will work.

    Import Hyper-V Virtual Machine in Windows 10
    Thanks that is very helpful.
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  4. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 17,438
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    You need to first create the virtual machine in Hyper-V, then export that VM to a safe location, for instance to an external USB hard disk.

    When exported, it's safe. You can then import it back to Hyper-V in same WIndows installation on same computer, a new Windows installation on that computer, or to any other Windows computer running Hyper-V.

    Ten Forums tutorials:

    Additional read:

    Virtual machines can be stored and run from any internal or external HDD / SSD or USB flash drive. For instance, I keep most of my virtual machines on a fast external USB 3 hard disk, and backup them (export) to a NAS drive.

    Kari
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  5. Posts : 99
    Windows 10 pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks for the reply. Ok I will do just that.
    Thanks again

    MIke
      My Computer


 

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