You’ll need to open the Disk Management tool if you want to check the partition status, partition a hard drive, format a hard drive, change a drive letter, or perform various other disk related tasks.
You won’t find a shortcut to Disk Management in your Windows Start Menu or Apps screen because it’s not a program in the same sense that most other software on your computer is.
Follow the easy steps below to access Disk Management in Windows:
Note: You can open Disk Management as outlined below in any version of Windows, including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
How to Access Disk Management in Windows
1. Open Control Panel.
2. Tap or click on the System and Security link.
Note: System and Security is only found in Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. In Windows Vista, the equivalent link is System and Maintenance, and in Windows XP, it’s called Performance and Maintenance. See What Version of Windows Do I Have? if you’re not sure.
Tip: If you’re viewing the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won’t see this link. If you’re on one of those views, touch or click on the Administrative Tools icon and then skip to Step 4.
3. In the System and Security window, tap or click on the Administrative Tools heading located near the bottom of the window. You might need to scroll down to see it.
Remember, in Vista, and XP, this window is called System and Maintenance or Performance and Maintenance, respectively.
4. In the Administrative Tools window that’s now open, double-tap or double-click on the Computer Management icon.
5. When Computer Management opens, tap or click on Disk Management on the left side of the window, located under Storage.
Tip: If you don’t see Disk Management listed, you may need to tap or click on the |> or + icon to the left of the Storage icon.
Other Ways to Open Disk Management
You can also type a simple command in any version of Windows to open Disk Management. Just execute diskmgmt.msc from whatever Windows command line interface you like to use, like Command Prompt.