All modern versions of Windows include the handy Disk Management utility. It allows you to create, resize and delete partitions as you want, directly from Windows. In this article, we show you all the methods we know for opening the Disk Management in Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Without further ado, let’s get started:
NOTE: This guide covers Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. Some methods work in all three versions of Windows, others just in one or two. For each method, we mention the Windows version in which it works. If you do not know the version of Windows that you have, read this tutorial: What version of Windows do I have installed?
1. Use search (all Windows versions)
One of the easiest ways to launch anything in Windows is to use the search. In Windows 10, enter the words “disk management” in the search field on the taskbar and then click or tap “Create and format hard disk partitions.”
Also in Windows 7, the fastest way to launch Disk Management is to use the search feature from the Start Menu. Enter the words “disk management” and then click the “Create and format hard disk partitions” search result.
In Windows 8.1, you can use the search function by switching to the Start screen and then start typing “disk management.” Once the search results are shown, click or tap “Create and format hard disk partitions.”
2. Use Cortana (Windows 10 only)
In Windows 10, you can use your voice to talk to Cortana: on the right side of the search box from your taskbar, click or tap on the microphone icon to make Cortana listen to you. Alternatively, you can also say “Hey Cortana,” if you enabled this feature of hers. Then, say “Start Disk Management.”
We have also tried some other similar commands, such as “Open Disk Management” or “Launch Disk Management.” However, they do not work.
3. Use the WinX menu (Windows 10 and Windows 8.1)
In Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, another fast way to launch Disk Management is to use the power user menu. First open the power user menu, with a right-click or long tap on the Start Menu button. You can also press the Win + X keys on your keyboard if you prefer. Then, click or tap on the Disk Management option from the menu.
4. Use the Control Panel (all Windows versions)
Another way to open Disk Management in all Windows version is to do it from the Control Panel. Open Control Panel, go to “System and Security” and then click or tap on the “Create and format hard disk partitions” link from the “Administrative Tools” section.
5. Create a shortcut and pin it on your desktop (all Windows versions)
You can also create a shortcut for Disk Management and place it on your desktop or anywhere else you want it. When you create the shortcut, use the command diskmgmt.msc as its target.
If you do not know how to create shortcuts, read this guide: How to create shortcuts for apps, files, folders and web pages in Windows.
6. Use the Run window (all Windows versions)
The old Run window is often offering the quickest methods to open system tools in Windows. If you like it, you can also use it to open Disk Management. Press the Win + R keys on your keyboard to open Run, enter the command diskmgmt.msc, and then press Enter or OK.
7. Use Command Prompt or PowerShell (all Windows versions)
8. Use Task Manager (all Windows versions)
The Task Manager can also be used for launching the Disk Management tool in Windows. First press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager. If you are doing this on a Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 PC, and the Task Manager opens up in its compact mode, click or tap on “More details.” Then, open the File menu, select “Run new task,” and type the command diskmgmt.msc in the “Create new task” window. Finally, press Enter on your keyboard or click or tap OK.
9. Use the Computer Management console (all Windows versions)
In all versions of Windows, Disk Management can also be accessed via the more complex Computer Management console. Start by opening Computer Management: a quick way to do that is to press the Win + X keys on your keyboard and then click or tap on the Computer Management shortcut from the WinX menu. However, there are many other ways to get to it, and you can find most of them described in this article: Reasons why Computer Management is our favorite administrative tool.
On the left side of the Computer Management window, there is a section called Storage. In it, you should find an entry for Disk Management. Click or tap on it, and the Disk Management utility is loaded in the middle pane.
Are you using Disk Management?
Is Disk Management the tool you use for managing your hard drive partitions, or do you prefer other tools? If you are using Disk Management, what is your favorite method for opening it? Do not forget that you can use the comments below to share your opinions.