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Virtual drive

Virtual drive

Virtual drive definition

A virtual drive mimics a physical hard drive through software. Users can access files, run applications, or even operate entire systems from it. Created from a segment of actual storage, it can mount disk images or segregate specific data. Its use often streamlines various computer processes.

See also: vMem

Use cases of a virtual drive

  • Disk Image Mounting: Users can mount ISO files or other disk images directly onto a virtual drive. Such a shortcut eliminates the need for physical media.
  • Software testing. Developers utilize virtual drives to test software installations and behaviors in isolated environments. This process reduces risks to primary systems.
  • Data encryption. For enhanced security, sensitive data can be stored on encrypted virtual drives. Only the correct credentials can make it accessible.
  • System backup. Virtual drives can host complete system backups and allow swift restoration in case of system failures or data corruption.
  • Game management. Gamers can store and run games from virtual drives. They can potentially improve load times and performance.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security