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Creating Fixed Size HDDs in Hyper-V takes too long

Creating fixed-size VHDs in Hyper-V takes a long time because it needs to zero out the data. Click here to read why this must be done in secure environments.

You can create a fixed-size VHD much more quickly by using VHDTool. This tool lets you skip the "zero out" step and can be safely used when setting up a new server because there was no pre-existing data.