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How To Access Disk Management in Windows XP


Disk Management in Windows XP - Windows XP Disk Management

Disk Management in Windows XP (via Computer Management)

Windows XP's Disk Management tool is easily accessable from the Computer Management utility.

There is no shortcut to Disk Management in your Start Menu in Windows XP because it's not a software program in the typical sense.

Follow the steps below to open the Windows XP Disk Management tool from Computer Management:

Note: Not using Windows XP 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 minute or two to start Windows XP Disk Management from Computer Management

Here's How:

  1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.

  2. Click on the Performance and Maintenance link.

    Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Just double-click on the Administrative Tools icon and skip to Step 4.

  3. In the Performance and Maintenance window, click on the Administrative Tools link located under the or pick a Control Panel icon heading near the bottom of the window.

  4. With Administrative Tools now open, double-click on Computer Management.

  5. When Computer Management opens, click on Disk Management on the left.

    In a few seconds, Disk Management will load 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 Storage to expand the option.

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


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

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

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