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How Do I Open Disk Management in Windows?

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Screenshot of Disk Management in Windows 8

Disk Management in Windows 8

Question: How Do I Open Disk Management in Windows?

You'll need to open the Disk Management tool if you want to partition a hard drive, format a hard drive, change a drive letter, or perform various other disk related tasks.

However, as you might have already realized, Disk Management is not located among the other programs in your Start Menu. This is because Disk Management isn't a program in the same way other software on your computer is.

Answer: The most common way to open Disk Management is from the Computer Management utility.

The specific steps you need to follow to open Disk Management depend somewhat on the version of Windows you have:

You can also type a simple command in any of the above operating systems to open Disk Management. See How To Open Disk Management From the Command Prompt for detailed instructions.

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