Disk Management is a built-in tool in Windows 10. It was first introduced in Windows XP and has been improved in Windows 7. Since then Disk Management is rather user-friendly to use. Windows 10 Disk Management is capable of doing a lot of things. For example, it can extend system partition without rebooting; it can format partition to FAT and NTFS; it can convert empty MBR to GPT disk, and vice versa.
Windows 10 Disk Management is rather easy for computer users. To manage hard drives, users just select the disk, right-click it and see what features are available. Take Extend C drive for example.
To extend partition C, users must observe whether there is unallocated space at the adjacent right side of the C drive. This is because C drive is usually primary partition which can only be extended by adding the adjacent unallocated space on the right side. If YES, users can just select it and follow the guidance to continue.
But if there is no adjacent unallocated apace at the adjacent right side, Extend Volume is greyed out, just like the following picture shows.
In fact, this is a limit of Windows 10 Disk Management. We also call it one of the many cons of Disk Management. Generally speaking, Disk Management will disappoint users in these aspects:
• While converting MBR disk to GPT disk and vice versa, users should make sure that no volume is on the drive. For those who have created many partitions and saved a lot of data on the drive, Disk Management is not the first choice.
• While converting FAT partitions to NTFS and vice versa, Disk Management does not provide the corresponding options. Users can only reformat the hard drive with the desired file system.
• Windows 10 Disk Management is able to convert basic disk to dynamic disk. But if you just want to convert dynamic disk to basic disk, Disk Management cannot help.
However, users should also be aware that Disk Management can finish each task without rebooting, this Pro makes it rather user-friendly.
Like what we can see from the former part, Disk Management sometimes cannot satisfy our needs. Do we have another partition manager that can be used as Disk Management alternative? Here MiniTool Partition Wizard – the best partition manager 2017 is recommended. MiniTool Partition Wizard allows you to extend partition whether or not there is unallocated space next to the partition you plan to extend. Besides, you can even take some free space from any of the rest partitions on the same drive to enlarge partition. What’s more, it is easy using MiniTool Partition Wizard to convert FAT to NTFS and vice versa, to convert MBR disk to GPT disk and vice versa, and even to convert dynamic disk to basic disk.
In short, with MiniTool Partition Wizard, disk management Windows 10 is labor saving. It’s clear interface and wizard-like tutorial makes it popular among Windows users. If you are seeking a reliable disk partition manager for Windows 10, you can never miss out such a good product.