What is VHD?
VHD, or Virtual Hard Drive, is a utility that creates file containers for collected data, keeping all collected data in a single container for easier transport. A VHD container file acts like any other kind of file, with the exception that it can act as a hard drive on a computer. Files that have been copied to this virtual hard drive will stay inside the VHD file.
How does it work?
When you choose to copy your files to a VHD container, Harvester creates a VHD file at the location you specified and formats it like a hard drive. As the Harvester job enters the copy phase, the files are written to the VHD container instead of a target folder. After the job has run, the VHD file itself can be mounted as a hard drive, either by Harvester or by Windows. This allows you to make the copied files available in their native form for use with other electronic discovery processes.
How do I use it?
Within the Harvester interface, under the “Tools” tab, there are options for creating, mounting, and deleting VHD’s. When a VHD has been created and mounted, utilizing the option in the “Sources” tab will allow the user to copy data to the VHD.
NOTE: Harvester must be run as Administrator to use VHD functions