Manage Partitions Using Windows Disk Management Tool


Four hard disk drives stacked on top of each otherWith Windows built in disk management tool, you can resize, create, delete and format hard disk partitions while Windows is running. For most tasks the disk management utility works fine with no need for additional software. I've used the disk management tool over the years for various functions, and a recent hard disk drive crash reminded me how convenient and useful many of the tools that ship with Windows can be.
When I ran across this excellent article about using the disk management utility in Windows 7, 8, and 10 I just had to pass it along. It's very well done, and what really I like is that it has directions for Windows 7, 8 and 10.

How to manage partitions with the Disk Management tool, in Windows

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Yes, the Windows Disk Management tool does a fine job.
But any of the softwares in the section "Best Free Partition Management Software" will do better (see URL below). In particular, they enable a user to do multiple steps in one go, which is a real time-saver.
Example: reduce size of C: drive; move D: drive down to occupy that newly-vacant space; extend E: drive to take up the space left vacant by D.
Indeed, the Windows tool cannot do a "move" operation at all. It has to do it in steps: extend size on one end; when that is complete, then shrink size on the other end.

That's all true. But, if I don't need to perform the tasks that third party software offers (free or not), then I'm happy to use the tools on hand if they work well, and this one does. In my recent experience, my hard drive crashed, I installed a new one, didn't have internet access yet, and I wanted to create a partition. Even if I had internet access at that point, I wouldn't have installed third party software to perform such a simple task - that's the point of the article, being able to use a built in tool to perform a basic task when I needed to, using what was available - no downloads or hunting around for the best free software - just, as a friend says "git 'er done". There are also people who don't want to install additional software if they don't need to and would gladly go through the extra steps required to something additional software software can accomplish in fewer steps. Happily, there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to technology and software in particular. :)