Keeping a VHD Mounted in Windows, Even After A Reboot

While Windows 7 comes with native support for mount VHD files there is one downside , all VHDs are unmount it every the system goes through a reboot. The shortcoming can be remedied with the help of a free third party tool called VHD Attach created by Josip Medved.

You can download VHD attach from the following page

This is a two step tutorial. First we’ll have to specify the VHD we need to be auto mounted , second the VHD will be mounted with a drive letter.

Note: This post assumes you already installed the application.

Auto Mount

Start the application and click on the highlighted icon found at the top of the right corner.

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Now click on the Add button.

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Browse to the directory where the VHD you wish to mount is located and double click on the VHD to selected.

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Click on the OK button to save the changes.

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Mount the VHD

Now that you are back in the main menu click on the Open icon.

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Once again browse to the location where VHD is found and double click on it.

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VHD Attach will display relevant information about the VHD. Click on the Attach button found at the top. After this step the VHD becomes accessible from My Computer.

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If you click on the Tools button you can see that the VHD will be mounted on every start up, you can even change the drive letter if you like. You can close the window if you like, from now on the VHD will be automatically mounted every time Windows starts.

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And here is the VHD displayed as a local drive.

VHD Attach

Comments and questions are always welcomed.


VHD Attach Home page

  • Melburnianz

    Hi Luis,

    Thank you for your clear instructions on how to mount vhd file to start up. I did step by step and it attached. But, it disappeared on next start up. I have tried some more times but the problem still persists. The VHD Attach app is just downloaded and the version is V3.70. Can you give me some advice to fix this please?
    Thank you

  • kendall

    Free tool to use to auto load VHD’s in windows without having to go through the steps above. Easy to change VHD’s on net shares and hard drives. Free to use and no crap.

  • voyvodin

    Simple VHD Manager is portable freeware which helps VHD users simplify some of these operations:
    – You can easily create VHD/VHDX files
    – You can attach and detach VHD/VHDX/ISO files via drag and drop
    – You can permanently attach a virtual hard disk in Windows 10 , Windows 8,1 , Windos 8, Windows 7
    – You can easily add and/or remove VHD/VHDX/ISO files to the boot menu