In the broadest sense, Disk Management, including basic and advanced operations on Windows 7 disks and partitions, is indispensable to our daily life. For example, when bought a brand new hard drive, you need to partition hard drive and make partition in Windows 7 for different usage. If you have partitioned your Windows 7 hard disk and one of the partitions is running out of space, especially system/boot partition, you need to add more space to fix low disk space warning.
In the narrow sense, Disk Management, also called Local Disk Manager, is an extension of the Microsoft built-in Management Console that allows full management of the disk-based hardware recognized by Windows. It enables users to partition hard drives, format partitions, assign drive letters, and much more. Compared with Windows 2000/XP, there has been a great improvement in Windows 7 Disk Management. The advantage is that Windows 7 snap-in Disk Management contains "Extend Volume" and "Shrink Volume" features.
There are various methods to access Windows 7 Disk Management. There are three different ways in the following. Please select whichever is more convenient.
Way 1: Click "Start" > "Control Panel" > "System and Security" > "Administrative Tools", then double-click the "Computer Management" > "Disk Management".
Way 2: Right click "Computer" icon on the desktop, then click "Manage" > "Disk Management".
Way 3: Click "Start". Type "diskmgmt.msc" in the text box and then hit the "Enter" key. The snap-in Disk Management will open.
The following is Windows 7 Disk Management screenshot:
Windows 7 Disk Management alternative –Partition Magic Windows 7
Compare with Windows 7 snap-in Disk Management, Partition Assistant as the latest partition magic for Windows 7 is more advanced and powerful. For main functions contrast between Windows 7 Disk Management and Partition Magic Windows 7, please see the table below:
|Features||Aomei Partition Assistant||Windows 7 Disk Management|
|create/delete/format partition, change drive letter, set active|
|convert FAT to NTFS|
|extend/shrink FAT partition|
|extend/shrink NTFS partition|
|move, hide/unhide, label, check partitions|
|clone partition, clone hard drive|
|delete all partitions|
|wipe partition/hard drive|
|built-in extend/copy wizard|
At the same time, the absolutely user-friendly interface of this Windows disk manager makes the complicated simple. The following is the easy to use interface:
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