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How To Open Disk Management From the Command Prompt

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Screenshot of Disk Management in Windows 7

Disk Management in Windows 7

A quick way to open the Disk Management utility in Windows is from the Command Prompt. Just type a short command and Disk Management starts instantly.

The Disk Management command is the same in all versions of Windows so these instructions apply to Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

Follow these easy steps to start Disk Management from the Command Prompt in Windows:

Note: Not comfortable working with commands? You can also Access Disk Manager From the Computer Management Tool in Windows.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Opening Disk Management from the Command Prompt only takes a few seconds

Here's How:

  1. In Windows 8, open Run from the Apps screen or see Tip #1 below for a shortcut.

    In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, click on the Start button.

    In Windows XP and earlier, click on Start and then Run.

  2. Type the following command in the text box:

    diskmgmt.msc

    ...and then hit the Enter key or press the OK button, depending on where you ran the command from.

    Note: Technically, opening Disk Management from the Command Prompt would require that you actually open the Command Prompt program. However, running an executable program like diskmgmt.msc from the search or run box accomplishes the same thing.

  3. Disk Management will open immediately.

    That's it! Now you can now use Disk Management to change drive letters, partition a drive, format a drive, and more.

Tips:

  1. Are you using a keyboard or mouse with Windows 8? If so, opening Disk Management via the Power User Menu even faster than via a command.

    Just press the WIN and X keys together to bring up the menu, then click on the Disk Management shortcut. Beginning with the Windows 8.1 update, right-clicking on the Start button works to bring up the Power User Menu too.

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