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How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7

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Disk Management in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Disk Management

Disk Management in Windows 7 (via Computer Management)

Accessing Disk Management in Windows 7 from the Computer Management utility is very easy.

You won't find a shortcut to Disk Management in your Windows 7 Start Menu because it's not a program in the same sense that most other software on your computer is.

Follow the steps below to access Disk Management from the Computer Management utility in Windows 7:

Note: Not using Windows 7 or want to open Disk Management from the Command Prompt? See the tips at the bottom of the page for help.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: It only takes a few minutes to open Windows 7 Disk Management from the Computer Management utility

Here's How:

  1. Click on the Start button and then choose Control Panel.

  2. Click on the System and Security link.

    Note: If you're viewing the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won't see this link so just click on the Administrative Tools icon and skip to Step 4.

  3. In the System and Security window, click on the Administrative Tools heading located near the bottom of the window.

  4. In the Administrative Tools window, double-click on the Computer Management icon.

  5. When Computer Management opens, click on Disk Management on the left side of the window, located under Storage.

    After a brief loading period, Disk Management should now appear on the right side of the Computer Management window.

    Note: If you don't see Disk Management listed, you may need to click on the |> icon to the left of the Storage icon.

  6. You can now partition a hard drive, format a hard drive, change a drive's letter, or do whatever else you need to do in Windows 7's Disk Management tool.

Tips:

  1. See How To Open Disk Management From the Command Prompt for instructions on starting Disk Management via a command.

  2. Not a Windows 7 user? See How Do I Open Disk Management in Windows? for specific instructions for your version of Windows.

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