Mar 272008
 


In Vista, Disk Management is part of the Computer Management console in Administrative Tools.

To open Disk Management, follow these steps

Choose Start–>Control Panel to open Control Panel.

Click the System Maintenance link, and then click Administrative Tools to open the Administrative ools folder.

Click Computer Management to open the Computer Management window.

In the Computer Management pane, expand Storage, and then click Disk Management.

The Disk Management tool, which is displayed in the upper right pane of the Computer Management window, gives you a graphical representation of the hard disks and CD-ROM devices in your computer. You can, however, customize the way information is presented in a variety of ways.

The Disk Management window is in four parts. On the left is the Computer Management pane of the Computer Management console. The lower pane contains the information for all the physical disks installed in the computer, excluding floppy drives. The upper pane contains descriptions of those disks, including data on the amount of space used and free, the type of file system, and the health of that system. The right pane contains a list of actions you can perform. The list changes based on the object you select.

To use Disk Management to create or delete partitions, format drives, and create striped or volume sets, simply click the disk that you want to modify, and select the change that you want to make from the Action menu or Actions pane. Or you can right-click the drive that you want to modify, and then select the appropriate action from the context menu.

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  12 Responses to “How to Use Disk Management in Vista”

  1. Thanks for the article, was really useful.

  2. Sounds easy, but it doesn’t work for me. I have a new emachine with equal sized c and d disks. Did a backup from the old machine, not so successful, because it wants to restore to c, but Vista disk management won’t let me expand c, or shrink d. The expand c is grayed out, and shrink d is met with either not enough space available to do this, or simply access denied.

  3. IT keeps telling me “Access is Denied” !!! HELP

  4. make sure you are logged on as the adminstrator. you cannot partition your disk unless you have adminstrator priviliges.

  5. In Vista 64 bit you can access Administrative Tools directly in Control Panel. This eliminates one step getting to Disk Management.

  6. I have recently made a huge mistake with disk management.
    Whilst trying to alter the size of my drive, I have activated my recovery drive.
    This has in turn caused my laptop to reboot and has booted straight to the recovery drives emergency program.
    I exit to dos and the prompt is displaying the recovery drive as my C:\ drive, and there is no sign of my system drive (which has some very important files on!)
    Can somebody please help me in the dire and urgent situation??
    I could use the recovery program that claims to restore my Laptop to the delivered condition, but that would also mean losing all my files.
    My only thought is to do that and try a recovery program!
    But this is too risky for guesswork.

    I hope somebody can help, many thanks in advance!
    Please email me at ichange@live.com
    many thanks.

    Mike

  7. i got C and Q, wanna transfer 25gb to Q. Shrink 25gb from C and now i have 25gb unallocated. Yet, i can’t expand Q.

    After shrinking C, i found out that i can only expand on C itself with max expand of 25gb, the unallocated ones done by C itself. I can’t even expand any of 3 other partition..

    anyone can help?

  8. I have partioned C and D drive, am running Vista Ultimate
    I am running out of space on C and want to allowcate space from D to C. Before I do disk management and mess myself up, I am lookin for some help. Can this be done?
    My C drive has 29gb and now about 100mb left. I have moved programs from C to D to free up space, but are there hidden areas on C I need to look for.
    So I am asking two questions…
    anyone plase help
    Thanks

  9. I have partioned C and D drive, am running Vista Ultimate
    I am running out of space on C and want to allowcate space from D to C. Before I do disk management and mess myself up, I am lookin for some help. Can this be done?
    My C drive has 29gb and now about 100mb left. I have moved programs from C to D to free up space, but are there hidden areas on C I need to look for.
    So I am asking two questions…
    anyone plase help
    Thanks

  10. When i tried to change Drive Letter and Path by right clicking at the drive in Disk Management in Window Vista
    the error below pop ups

    “The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is
    not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. If the problem
    persists close the Disk Management Console, then restart Disk Management or
    restart the computer.”

    I have close/restarted console and computer several time – same thing, can’t
    assign drive letter.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

  11. how do you defrag using disk management cause i cant find out? can anyone help?

  12. Thank you! This was exactly the information I needed. You are wonderful! I now have a brand new hard disk in my computer, and it is up and running. :)

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