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virtual hard drive

(1) A storage drive simulated in memory. See RAM disk.

(2) A virtual hard drive (VHD) is a storage format that contains all the structural elements of a hard drive or solid state drive (SSD). It is the storage architecture of a virtual machine. A fixed-size VHD takes up all the allotted space initially reserved, whereas a dynamically expanding VHD uses storage as it fills up to its assigned limit.

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Although virtual machines are used to isolate different operating systems or applications in the same machine, a VHD can also be created as an encrypted storage drive that is separate from everything else stored in the computer. See virtual machine.
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