Disk Management

Disk Management is a Microsoft Windows utility first introduced in Windows XP as a replacement for the fdisk command. It enables users to view and manage the disk drives installed in their computer and the partitions associated with those drives. As can be seen in the picture below, each drive is displayed followed by the layout, type, file system, status, capacity, free space, % free, and fault tolerance.

Windows Disk Management

How to open Windows Disk Management

  1. Click Start and in the Run line type diskmgmt.msc and press enter.


  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click on Administrative Tools if in Classic View or click Performance and Maintenance and then Administrative Tools if in Category View. Note: If you do not have admin rights to the computer this will not be available.
  3. Once in the Administrative Tools window double-click Computer Management and then click Disk Management under the Storage section.

Related pages

Also see: Fdisk, Hard drive terms