How to Open Disk Management : Disk Management

In this article you will learn how to open disk management to create and format hard disk partition using different method.

What can you do using Disk Management?

Disk Management performs various storage tasks, like initializing a new drive, extending volume, shrinking volume, changing the drive letter, and running troubleshooting for disk management. You can simply use the disk management function on your compatible version of Windows or operating system. In disk management, you’ll find all the information about each drive your operating system is using.
screenshot show the disk management utility as described in text

Availability of Disk Management:

Disk Management is available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

To open disk management

Method 1 : Open as Administrator using start menu

To run the command for Disk Management as an administrator, Follow the steps:

  1. Click on the Start menu > Settings > Accounts option.
  2. If you forgot to log in as an administrator, then you can change the account type to an administrator.

    screenshot of account option to open disk management as administrator
  3. Click on the start menu, type disk management > Hit the Enter Key.

    screenshot to open disk management using start menu

Method 2 : Open using run command

  1. Press Windows+R key
  2. Type diskmgmt.msc and Press Enter

    screenshot of run command diskmgmt.msc to open disk management
  3. Disk Management Console will open

Method 3 : Open from the control Panel

  1. Press Windows+R Key
  2. Type control and press enter

    Screenshot to open disk management using control panel
  3. Select System and security.

    Screenshot to locate system security option in control panel to explain step to open disk management
  4. Now under System and security, scroll down Select “create and format hard disk partition” in Windows tool heading. Disk Management tool will open.

    Screenshot to explain step of select create and format hard disk partition option in windows tool heading to open disk management

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is disk Management?

Disk Management is a utility in Windows that allows you to perform advanced storage tasks such as initializing a new drive, extending or shrinking volumes, changing a drive letter, and troubleshooting drives.

How do use the command prompt to delete the Windows recovery partition?

Click Start menu > Type Command Prompt > Type diskpart > List disk > Enter Key > Select disk# > Enter key > Type select partition# > Enter Key > Type delete partition > Enter. (After deleting the Windows recovery partition, you can close the command prompt.)

Is there any need to reset disk management?

Yes, sometimes there is a need to reset the disk management. Click on the Start menu > Settings option > Recovery > “Get Started” in Windows.

How to change the drive letter using disk management?

To change the drive letter, press Windows + R keys simultaneously > type diskmgmt.msc > right-click on the drive you want to change > change option > click on the OK option.

When do you get access to shrink volumes in Disk management?

For accessing this function: Right-click the Windows icon, select Disk Management > right-click on the partition, and Select the shrink volume option.


Disk Management is an important functional feature available in all versions of the operating system. If you want to use disk management for performing other advanced storage functions then go forward with the right instructions.