Use Azure Storage Explorer to manage Azure managed disks

Storage Explorer 1.10.0 enables users to upload, download, and copy managed disks, as well as create snapshots. Because of these additional capabilities, you can use Storage Explorer to migrate data from on-premises to Azure, and migrate data across Azure regions.

Prerequisites

To complete this article, you'll need the following:

Connect to an Azure subscription

If your Storage Explorer isn't connected to Azure, you will not be able to use it to manage resources. This section goes over connecting it to your Azure account so that you can manage resources using Storage Explorer.

  1. Launch Azure Storage Explorer and click the plug-in icon on the left.

    Click the plug-in icon

  2. Select Add an Azure Account, and then click Next.

    Add an Azure Account

  3. In the Azure Sign in dialog box, enter your Azure credentials.

    Azure sign in dialog

  4. Select your subscription from the list and then click Apply.

    Select your subscription

Upload a managed disk from an on-prem VHD

  1. On the left pane, expand Disks and select the resource group that you want to upload your disk to.

    Select resource group 1

  2. Select Upload.

    Select upload

  3. In Upload VHD specify your source VHD, the name of the disk, the OS type, the region you want to upload the disk to, as well as the account type. In some regions Availability zones are supported, for those regions you can select a zone of your choice.

  4. Select Create to begin uploading your disk.

    Upload vhd dialog

  5. The status of the upload will now display in Activities.

    Upload status

  6. If the upload has finished and you don't see the disk in the right pane, select Refresh.

Download a managed disk

The following steps explain how to download a managed disk to an on-prem VHD. A disk's state must be Unattached in order to be downloaded, you cannot download an Attached disk.

  1. On the left pane, if it isn't already expanded, expand Disks and select the resource group that you want to download your disk from.

    Select resource group 1

  2. On the right pane, select the disk you want to download.

  3. Select Download and then choose where you would like to save the disk.

    Download a managed disk

  4. Select Save and your disk will begin downloading. The status of the download will display in Activities.

    Download status

Copy a managed disk

With Storage Explorer, you can copy a manged disk within or across regions. To copy a disk:

  1. From the Disks dropdown on the left, select the resource group that contains the disk you want to copy.

    Select resource group 1

  2. On the right pane, select the disk you'd like to copy and select Copy.

    Copy a managed disk

  3. On the left pane, select the resource group you'd like to paste the disk in.

    Select resource group 2

  4. Select Paste on the right pane.

    Paste a managed disk

  5. In the Paste Disk dialog, fill in the values. You can also specify an Availability zone in supported regions.

    Paste disk dialog

  6. Select Paste and your disk will begin copying, the status is displayed in Activities.

    Copy paste status

Create a snapshot

  1. From the Disks dropdown on the left, select the resource group that contains the disk you want to snapshot.

    Select resource group 1

  2. On the right, select the disk you'd like to snapshot and select Create Snapshot.

    Create a snapshot

  3. In Create Snapshot, specify the name of the snapshot as well as the resource group you want to create it in. Then select Create.

    Create snapshot dialog

  4. Once the snapshot has been created, you can select Open in Portal in Activities to view the snapshot in the Azure portal.

    Open snapshot in portal

Next steps

Learn how to Create a VM from a VHD by using the Azure portal.

Learn how to Attach a managed data disk to a Windows VM by using the Azure portal.