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How To Access Disk Management in Windows 8 & 8.1


Screenshot of Disk Management in Windows 8

Disk Management in Windows 8

Disk Management can be accessed in Windows 8 from Computer Management, a collection of advanced tools and utilities.

Tip: The quickest way to open Disk Management in Windows 8, at least if you're using a keyboard or mouse, is via the Power User Menu, which you can read more about in Tip #1 at the bottom of the page.

Disk Management is most often used to format devices like flash drives and hard drives, but almost any task in Windows 8 pertaining to storage hardware can be completed from inside this handy utility.

Follow these easy steps to open Disk Management in Windows 8:

Not Using Windows 8? See How Do I Open Disk Management? for instructions on accessing Disk Management in other versions of Windows.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: You should be able to open Disk Management in Windows 8 in less than a minute or two.

Applies To: Disk Management can be opened this way in any edition of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Here's How:

  1. Swipe up to open the Apps screen. If you're using a mouse or stylus, click on the arrow icon at the bottom of the screen instead.

    Note: Prior to the Windows 8.1 update, you'll need to swipe up from the bottom of the Start screen and touch the All apps icon. With a mouse, right-click anywhere and click the All apps icon.
  2. On the Apps screen, scroll or swipe toward the right and locate Windows System.
  3. Click on or touch Control Panel, located under the Windows System category.

    Windows 8 will open Control Panel on the Desktop.
  4. Click on or touch the System and Security link.

    Note: You won't see System and Security if your Control Panel view is set to Small icons or Large icons. If you are on one of those views, just touch or click on Administrative Tools and then skip to Step 6.
  5. In the System and Security window, click or touch the Administrative Tools heading, located at or near the bottom of the screen. You may need to scroll down to see it.
  6. With Administrative Tools now open, double-tap or double-click on Computer Management.
  7. With Computer Management now open, click or touch Disk Management, located on the left-hand side of the Computer Management window, under the Storage heading. If you don't see it, you may need to expand Storage by clicking or touching the |> icon next to it.

    Disk Management may take several seconds to load but will eventually appear to the right.
  8. You can now format a hard drive, change a drive's letter, or whatever other task you were planning from Windows 8's Disk Management utility.


  1. Skip all the steps above and click the Disk Management shortcut on the Power User Menu, which you can access by pressing the WIN and X keys together on your keyboard.

    Beginning with the Windows 8.1 update, you can right-click with the mouse or stylus on the Start button to bring up this menu. A press-and-hold action on the Start button on touch-only interfaces works too.
  2. Disk Management can also be opened by executing a command from Run or Command Prompt. See How To Open Disk Management From the Command Prompt for instructions.

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