Disk Management is a Microsoft Windows utility. It was first introduced in Windows XP to replace fdisk command. Disk Management enables users to view and manage hard disks that are internally connected with computer as well as the external drives. With Disk Management, you can initialize disks, create volumes, format volumes, delete volume, etc…. Since Windows 7, Disk Management has been added with a new feature called extend volume which helps to increase partition size.
However, extend volume greyed out happens often as well as other features.
Although Disk Management always present users with unavailable futures, fresh-hands use it often to manage disks and partitions. You know how to access Disk Management?
See there’s no shortcut to Disk Management in Windows start menu or on the desktop, because it is not a program. So we will show users several ways to access Disk Management in Windows systems.
Way 1. Through Computer Management.
Right click on Computer icon and choose “Manage”. In the pop-out Windows, click on “Storage “and choose Disk Management. Here it is:
Way 2. Via Run
Press “Win+R” key to call out the Run box first, then type diskmgmt.msc, and press OK.
Way 3. By Command Prompt
Step 1: Press “Win+R” key to call out the Run box first, then input cmd in the search box and press Ok. In cmd box type “diskmgmt” and press Enter key.
Way 4. From Control Panel
Click start menu, choose Control Panel – System and Security – Administrative Tools – Create and format hard disk partitions. That’s it!
In Windows 8 or Windows 10, you can find Disk Management option at Start menu directly.
As mentioned at the former part, extend volume as well as other features in Disk Management often greyed out, bring much trouble to users when they really need to do so. In many cases, you have to delete a partition or even the whole disk in order to execute an operation – that’s too bad! So we recommend users to use freeware MiniTool Partition Wizard to help them when they get stuck in using Windows Disk Management.
MiniTool Partition Wizard Free is powerful disk partition management software which comes with a lot of powerful functions and enables users to control hard disks and partitions more flexible.
With concise and user-friendly interface, it’s convenient for Windows users to view statues of every partition and make changes to them. It breaks the much limitations in Windows built-in Disk Management. Besides, most operations can be finished by only a few clicks without losing data. Works well on Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.