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.
Time Required: Opening Disk Management from the Command Prompt only takes a few seconds
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.
Type the following command in the text box:
...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.
Disk Management will open immediately.
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.