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?
How To Access Disk Management
The most common way to access Disk Management is via Computer Management:
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:
- Partition a Drive
- Format a Drive
- Change a Drive's Letter
- Shrink a Partition
- Delete a Partition
- Change a Drive's File System
Disk Management Availability
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.