Windows 10: Goal: Virtual disk to sync file sets with drives of different sizes

Discus and support Goal: Virtual disk to sync file sets with drives of different sizes in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Have 3 sets of matching data: 1 set on 12GB drives, 1 set on 6GB drives, and 1 set on 2GB drives. Would like to do a synch check by comparing file... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by dianedebuda, Jan 12, 2021 at 9:42 AM.

  1. Goal: Virtual disk to sync file sets with drives of different sizes


    Have 3 sets of matching data: 1 set on 12GB drives, 1 set on 6GB drives, and 1 set on 2GB drives.

    Would like to do a synch check by comparing file name/date/size of contents of 2-6GB to a 12GB drive and the contents of 3-2GB to a 6GB drive.

    Would like to create a temp, virtual drive/folder of the 2-6GB drives (or 3-2GB drives) so I can use a synch program to do the compare.

    Any thoughts?

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    Asked this over in the sevenforums a couple of days ago since I plan to do this on a Win7 box, but no reply. I have vague memories of some software that could do creation of a virtual drive from multiple physical ones, but haven't been able to google it up. Almost like Library, but Library would not quite work here.

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  2. Goal: Virtual disk to sync file sets with drives of different sizes

    Have 3 sets of matching data: 1 set on 12GB drives, 1 set on 6GB drives, and 1 set on 2GB drives.

    Would like to do a synch check by comparing file name/date/size of contents of 2-6GB to a 12GB drive and the contents of 3-2GB to a 6GB drive.

    Would like to create a temp, virtual drive/folder of the 2-6GB drives (or 3-2GB drives) so I can use a synch program to do the compare.

    Any thoughts?

    ---------------

    Asked this over in the sevenforums a couple of days ago since I plan to do this on a Win7 box, but no reply. I have vague memories of some software that could do creation of a virtual drive from multiple physical ones, but haven't been able to google it up. Almost like Library, but Library would not quite work here.
     
  3. Arun B J Win User
    How do I launch my virtual drive

    Hi,



    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

    I understand your concern regarding the issue that you are facing.

    I suggest you to follow the steps below and check if it helps

    • Press Windows + X, and select Disk Management
    • From the Action drop down menu, select Create VHD
    • In the Create and Attach Virtual Hard Disk dialogue box you should select where you want the .vhd file to be saved.
    • Choose which format you prefer and how large you want the virtual drive to be
    • A fixed size VHD stays at the same size and behaves just like a physical drive, while a dynamic expanding VHD grows and shrinks as files are added to, or deleted from it
    • The new disk will now be displayed in the Disk Management window but cannot be used until it has been initialized. Right-click on the disk title and select “Initialize Disk”.
    • Choosing the MRB (Master Boot Record) style is the safest thing to do here
    • Once initialized, the disk needs to be set up as a simple volume and assigned a drive letter. Right-click on the drive itself in the Disk Management window and select New Simple
      Volume
    • When the Wizard opens, click "next" to enter the Specify Volume Size dialogue. By default, the volume size is set as the size of the entire virtual disk, but you can choose
      any smaller size you wish.
    • Next assign it a drive letter and then format it
    • Navigate to where you saved the VHD file during Step 4 in File Explorer, and double click to mount it. The virtual disk will now show up in File Explorer (and elsewhere) as
      a regular hard disk, and can be used just like one


    Hope this helps. If the issue remains unresolved, please get back to us and we would be happy to help
     
  4. Goal: Virtual disk to sync file sets with drives of different sizes

    Reduce disk size (Inspect SCSI )

    Hi, I'm David an independent advisor and user just like you. I'll do my best to help you with this.

    The answer is you have to reduce the size on BOTH sides.

    Step 1) Within you virtual machine you need to go to Disk Management and reduce the size of the partition(s) on the drive you want to reduce - you want to end up with space left at the "end" of the virtual disk. This is the space you'll be able to recover.

    Step 2) From your Hyper-V host you need to edit the virtual disk and use the Shrink option to reduce the size of the physical disk (as far as your VM is concerned it's a physical disk), and that would reduce the size of your virtual disk file on the host.

    If you are increasing the size of the virtual disk then you do it the other way round - increase the size of the virtual disk on Hyper-V, then go to Disk Management inside your virtual machine and you'll find there's more space available to expand your virtual
    volume.

    Regards,

    David
     
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