Disk Management is a very useful Windows 10 tool. Here’s how you open it.
Unlike external hard drives, you can’t just plug in a new internal storage drive and start using it right away on your Windows PC. You’ll need to go through an initial setup process, which requires you to rely on a program called Disk Management.
Most Windows users access Disk Management only when trying to configure a new internal drive or manage an existing drive. Therefore, it is natural that you are not familiar with it. Here, we will take a look at six different ways to open Disk Management in Windows 10.
What is Windows Disk Management
Disk Management is a built-in system utility that allows you to perform advanced storage-related tasks such as creating or formatting hard disk partitions, resizing partitions by expanding or shrinking volumes, etc.
Simply put, when you physically connect a new internal drive to your PC, it’s essentially a disk with no space allocated in Windows, and therefore, it doesn’t show up in File Explorer.
You can use Disk Management to create a hard disk partition so that your new drive can be used in the operating system.
Search (Search) Disk Management in Windows
The search feature in Windows 10 lets you open any application on your computer, no matter where they are stored. You can use it to launch built-in utilities like Disk Management as well. However, the search results may confuse a lot of people because Disk Management doesn’t appear here right away. So, let’s make this clear:
- When you type Disk Management in the Start menu search bar, you get indirect results. But, this is indeed the correct result, and all you need to do is click Create and format hard disk partitions to launch the Disk Management tool.
- Or, you can type diskmgmt.msc in the Start menu search bar for more direct results. Clicking on the most suitable one will only take you to Disk Management.
The two search keywords pretty much do the same thing. Even if you don’t get Disk Management as a result, the most suitable will still launch the programs you need to initialize or manage your drive.
Launch Disk Management From the Quick Access Menu
While the search method may be popular with users, launching Disk Management from the Quick Access Menu is the easiest way to open the Disk Management utility in Windows. The best part? You don’t even need to use your keyboard, which is unlike the other methods on this list.
All you have to do is right click on the Windows logo in the lower left corner of your screen and then select Disk Management from the context menu.
That’s pretty easy, right? Now, when the program opens, you will be able to see the new drive with unallocated disk space.
Use Run Dialog to Open Disk Management
As the name suggests, the Run dialog allows you to open any program on your Windows PC, as long as you know the full file path.
You can also run the executable file stored in the C:Windows directory by typing the filename. It can be a great productivity tool if you know exactly what commands to use. Here, we will only focus on the commands you need to enter to open the Disk Management utility.
To open the Run command window, you need to press the Button Windows + R. Now, type diskmgmt.msc, and press the Enter key to launch Disk Management.
This way of opening Disk Management is preferable if you’re busy with your keyboard and don’t want to reach for your mouse.
Open Disk Management from Control Panel
If you have been a Windows user for a while, you are probably already familiar with the Control Panel. Otherwise, this is the only destination on your Windows PC where all the important system utilities are located.
The Control Panel is mainly used to change system settings, configure your network, manage your devices, user accounts, and more. To access Disk Management from Control Panel, simply follow these instructions:
- In the Start menu search bar, enter Control Panel and choose the most suitable.
- When Control Panel opens, select System and Security.
- Next, you need to go to the bottom of the menu. Under Administrative Tools, you will see several options for the disk drive. Click Create and format hard disk partitions to open Disk Management.
Don’t make the mistake of clicking on Administrative Tools as that will open File Explorer.
Accessing Disk Management in Computer Management
The Computer Management application houses all Windows administration tools. At first glance, it will look very similar to the Control Panel, but more streamlined. What’s interesting about this method is that the Disk Management tool can be accessed within the application itself. Here’s what you need to do:
Find and launch the app Computer Management using Windows Search. In the left pane, after expanding categories Storage, you will see Disk Management. Just click to access the following panels in the console.
If you’re someone who doesn’t like cluttering your desktop with too many windows, you’ll probably prefer to use the Computer Management application instead of the Control Panel to open Disk Management.
Open Disk Management With Command Prompt
Command Prompt is the program most Windows users are familiar with. For those who don’t know, it’s basically a command line interpreter that you can use to perform various tasks on your computer.
If you are a coder, you will love this method. When you type a line of code in the Command Prompt, you don’t have to minimize the window just to open Disk Management, do you? Using the command to launch the Disk Management tool is preferable to the other methods shown here in very specific cases.
You can find and launch Command Prompt in Windows using a simple search. Once you are in the console, just type diskmgmt and press Enter key.
Easy as that. Likewise, you can use the proper command if you are someone who uses PowerShell instead of the Command Prompt because it is basically a more advanced command line interpreter that combines the functionality of CMD with a script instruction set.
Launching Disk Management Utility in Windows 10 is Simple and Easy
While you’ll only need to learn one of these six ways to open the Disk Management utility on your computer, it’s worth knowing the alternative options that may be better in certain scenarios. Don’t want to take your hands off the keyboard? Use the Run command. Too lazy to take your hand off the mouse? Use the Quick Access menu.
At this point, you should try these methods yourself and find out which one works best for you. If you’re trying to set up a new drive on your computer and aren’t sure how, all you need to do is right-click on the unallocated drive and select New Simple Volume to get started. Hopefully, you can use the on-screen clues to find out more.