How to Open Disk Management in Windows?

For most users, to solve basic problems when working with drives, the Disk Management utility built into Windows is more than enough. It allows you to create, delete, format, expand partitions, change drive name and letter and even more easily.

In this short note I will show you four ways to open the Disk Management utility in Windows.

How to Open Disk Management? 5 Methods

Open Disk Management in Windows

Method 1: Shortcut

If you want to launch Disk Management as quickly as possible, just follow these steps:

  1. Press `Windows Key + X` on the keyboard for shortcut or right-click the start button.
  2. Select “Disk Management” in the context menu that opens.
Disk Management in the context menu

This is the fastest way to open the system utility in question, which, in most cases, is sufficient.

If necessary, or if the proposed option is not suitable for some reason, you can use one of the given methods below.

Method 2: System Search

To open Disk Management using System Search, click on the Start button on the taskbar. In the search box that appears, type “Create and format hard disk partitions” or “diskmgmt.msc” and you will see the search results list. Click on the first option to open the Disk Management utility. This is a quick method to access Disk Management.

Method 3: Run Box

To open Disk Management is through the Run dialog box, press `Windows Key + R`. Then, type `diskmgmt.msc` into the text field and press `Enter` or click on `OK`. This method and takes you directly to the Disk Management settings.

diskmgmt.msc in run box

Method 4: from “This PC”

To open Disk Management from “This Computer”, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open “This PC” by double-clicking its icon on the desktop.
  2. Right-click on “This PC” from the left sidebar in the File Explorer window.
  3. Choose “Manage” from the context menu that appears. This action will open the Computer Management window.
  4. In the Computer Management window, locate and click on “Disk Management” under the “Storage” section in the left side.
Computer Management window

Method 5: Task Manager (works on Windows 7/8/10/11)

To open Disk Management through Task Manager, you can follow these steps:

  1. Press `Ctrl + Shift + Esc` to open Task Manager.
  2. If Task Manager opens in compact mode, click on “More details” at the bottom to switch to the full view.
  3. In the Task Manager window, go to the “File” menu and select “Run new task”.
  4. Type `diskmgmt.msc` in the text box and click `OK` or press `Enter`. Afterwards the Disk Management utility will launch (with administrator rights).
open Disk Management through Task Manager

After reading this article, you will no longer have to worry about accessing Disk Management on your Windows operating system.

All of the above methods for opening the Disk Management utility in Windows 10 are quite simple and do not require the user to have any professional skills or install additional programs. You just need to follow the above instructions exactly, and as a result, the desired tool will be opened in no time.


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