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Disk Management

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Disk Management in Windows 7

Disk Management (Windows 7)

Disk Management in Windows Vista

Disk Management (Windows Vista)

Disk Management in Windows XP

Disk Management (Windows XP)

What is Disk Management?

Disk Management is an extension of the Microsoft Management Console that allows full management of the disk-based hardware recognized by Windows.

What is Disk Management Used For?

Disk Management is used to manage the drives installed in a computer - like hard disk drives (internal and external), optical disk drives, and flash drives.

Disk Management can be used to partition drives, format drives, assign drive letters, and much more.

How To Access Disk Management

The most common way to access Disk Management is via Computer Management:

How To Access Disk Management in Windows

Disk Management can also be started from a command via the Command Prompt:

How To Open Disk Management From the Command Prompt

How To Use Disk Management

Disk Management has two main sections - a top and a bottom:

  • The bottom section of Disk Management contains a graphical representation of the physical drives installed in the computer.
     
  • The top section of Disk Management contains a list of all the partitions, formatted or not, that Windows recognizes.

Performing certain actions on the drives or partitions make them available or unavailable to Windows and configures them to be used by Windows in certain ways.

Here are some common things that you can do in Disk Management:

Disk Management Availability

Disk Management is available in most versions of Microsoft Windows including Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

Note: Even though Disk Management is available in multiple Windows operating systems, some small differences in the utility do exist from one Windows version to the next.

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