• Disk Management is a built-in utility in Windows that manages hard drives, allowing for operations like creating new drives and modifying partitions.
  • The utility can be accessed through various methods in Windows 11, including the Quick Access menu, Search menu, and Run command.
  • Advanced users can use PowerShell or Command Prompt to open Disk Management with a simple command.
  • Task Manager, Control Panel, and the Computer Management App also offer paths to launch Disk Management.
  • Knowing multiple access methods can help users quickly launch Disk Management from anywhere in the system.

Disk Management is an integrated utility in the Windows operating system that provides a way to manage hard drives, both internal and external. This utility enables users to perform complex tasks that may not be achievable through other methods.

Through Disk Management, users can perform various operations such as creating a new drive, extending or shrinking partitions, and changing the drive letter. Additionally, the utility allows for customization of its interface to suit user preferences.

Now that we've covered the basics of Disk Management, let's explore the different methods to access this utility in Windows 11.

Opening Disk Management using Quick Access/Power User Menu

To open Disk Management, right-click on the ‘Start’ icon or press WINDOWS + X to launch the Quick Access menu, and select Disk Management from the list of options.

This will launch the ‘Disk Management’ tool.


Opening Disk Management using Search Menu

To open Disk Management, press WINDOWS + S to launch the ‘Search’ menu, type ‘Create and format hard disk partitions’ in the text field at the top, and click on the relevant search result to launch the app.

You do not have to enter the full text since the results start to populate as soon as you start typing. Simply select this option when it appears.


Opening Disk Management using Run Command

You can also access Disk Management via the Run command, an option preferred by quite a few.

To launch Disk Management, press WINDOWS + R to launch the Run command, type ‘diskmgmt.msc’ in the text field, and either click on ‘OK’ or press ENTER to launch it.

The Disk Management tool will launch right away.


Opening Disk Management using PowerShell or Command Prompt

Those who prefer executing commands over the conventional GUI method can learn how to launch Disk Management with a simple command. It works both with Command Prompt and Windows PowerShell.

To launch Disk Management, press WINDOWS + S to launch the ‘Search’ menu, type ‘Windows Terminal’ in the text field at the top, and click on the relevant search result to launch the app.

If you haven’t changed the default profile in Terminal, the Windows PowerShell tab will open on launch. Type the following command in PowerShell and press ENTER to launch Disk Management.

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If you want to execute the command in Command Prompt, first you will have to launch the Command Prompt tab in Terminal. To do that, click on the downward-facing arrow at the top and select ‘Command Prompt’ from the list of options. Alternatively, you can press CTRL + SHIFT + 2.

In the Command Prompt, type the following command and press ENTER to launch the Disk Management.

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The Disk Management tool will launch right away in both cases.


Opening Disk Management using Task Manager

Task Manager offers you the option to run a new task, which we will be using to launch Disk Management.

To open Disk Management, right-click on the ‘Start’ icon or press WINDOWS + X to launch the Quick Access menu, and select ‘Task Manager’ from the options. Alternatively, you can press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC to directly launch the Task Manager.

In Task Manager, click on the ‘File’ menu and select ‘Run new task’ from the options that appear.

Now, type ‘diskmgmt.msc’ in the text field and either click on ‘OK’ or press ENTER to launch Disk Management.


Opening Disk Management using Control Panel

To launch Disk Management, search for ‘Control Panel’ in the ‘Search’ menu, and click on the relevant search result to launch the app.

In Control Panel, select ‘System and Security’.

Note: If you don’t see the following setting in Control Panel, click on the ‘View by’ drop-down menu near the top-right and select ‘Category’.

Now, click on ‘Create and format hard disk partitions’ under ‘Windows Tools’.

The Disk Management tool will launch right away.


Opening Disk Management using Computer Management App

The Computer Management app is a collection of various tools that helps you manage and execute various tasks on the computer. With a variety of tools accessible from a single portal, Computer Management is the preferred choice of many tech-savvy users.

To open Disk Management, search for ‘Computer Management’ in the ‘Search’ menu, and click on the relevant search result to launch the app.

Next, select ‘Disk Management’ place under the ‘Storage’ section in the navigation pane on the left.


These are all the ways you can open the Disk Management app in Windows 11. While you do not absolutely need to know all the ways, but with the knowledge of each, you can quickly access Disk Management from anywhere in the system.