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Mount-DiskImage [-ImagePath*] <String[]> [-Access {Unknown | ReadWrite | ReadOnly}] [-CimSession <CimSession[]>][-NoDriveLetter] [-PassThru] [-StorageType {Unknown | ISO | VHD | VHDX | VHDSet}] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32>][-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]
Mount-DiskImage [-Access {Unknown | ReadWrite | ReadOnly}] [-CimSession <CimSession[]>] [-NoDriveLetter][-PassThru] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32>] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]

The Mount-DiskImage cmdlet mounts a previously created disk image (virtual hard disk or ISO), making it appear as a normal disk. This cmdlet requires the full path of the VHD or ISO file. If the file is already mounted, then the cmdlet will display the following error.

-- "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process."

To mount a VHD file, administrator privileges is required. Administrator privileges are not needed to mount an ISO file on Windowsr 8. On Windows Serverr 2012, only an administrator is allowed to mount or eject an ISO file.

To create and mount a VHD on a computer running Hyper-V, use the New-VHD and Mount-VHD cmdlets in the Hyper-V module (which is included in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 but not enabled by default). Alternatively, open Disk Management and then choose Create VHD from the Action menu.


-Access [<Access>]

Mounts the VHD file in read-only or read-write mode. If this parameter is not used or you specify the Unknown parameter value for the VHD file, the VHD file is mounted in read-write mode.

ISO files are mounted in read-only mode regardless of what parameter value you provide.

-CimSession [<CimSession[]>]

Runs the cmdlet in a remote session or on a remote computer. Enter a computer name or a session object, such as the output of a New-CimSession or Get-CimSession cmdlet. The default is the current session on the local computer.

-ImagePath <String[]>

  • This value is required
  • Accepts pipeline input ByValue

Specifies the path of the VHD or ISO file.

-NoDriveLetter [<SwitchParameter>]

Specifies that no drive letter should be assigned to the VHD or ISO file after mounting.

-PassThru [<SwitchParameter>]

Returns an object representing the item with which you are working. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

-StorageType [<StorageType>]

  • Accepts pipeline input ByPropertyName

Specifies the storage type of a file: ISO, VHD, VHDx, or Unknown. If the StorageType parameter is not specified or the Unknown type is provided, then the storage type is determined by file extension.

-ThrottleLimit [<Int32>]

Specifies the maximum number of concurrent operations that can be established to run the cmdlet. If this parameter is omitted or a value of 0 is entered, then Windows PowerShellr calculates an optimum throttle limit for the cmdlet based on the number of CIM cmdlets that are running on the computer. The throttle limit applies only to the current cmdlet, not to the session or to the computer.

-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]

  • Default value is false

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.

-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]

  • Default value is false

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.


This cmdlet supports the common parameters: Verbose, Debug,ErrorAction, ErrorVariable, WarningAction, WarningVariable,OutBuffer, PipelineVariable, and OutVariable.

Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimInstance#ROOT/Microsoft/Windows/Storage/MSFT_DiskImage You can pipe a DiskImage object to the InputObject parameter.
Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimInstance#ROOT/Microsoft/Windows/Storage/MSFT_DiskImage If you specify the Passthru parameter, this cmdlet outputs an object that represents the disk image that you mounted.
  1. Mounting an ISO:
    PS C:\> Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "E:\ISO-Files\My US Visit Fall 2010 Pictures.iso"

    This example mounts an ISO by specifying the image path.

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