How to manage disks in Windows 10

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Hello, how are you? A fundamental element within an operating system is the hard drive. When we do a clean installation of Windows 10, the system takes care of partitioning and formatting the hard drive. Additionally, this process is done automatically and many times without the user interfering. However, once we have the system ready to use, it is likely that we need to partition the hard drive. The reasons may be: create a backup partition or a partition for another operating system. There are currently several options on the market for partitioning hard disks. However, windows 10 has its own native tool to do this. For that reason, I’m going to show you how to manage hard disks in Windows 10.

Run Computer Management

The first thing we have to do is open an application called Computer Management. With this intention, go to the windows explorer by clicking on the folder icon located in the taskbar.

Open Windows Explorer
Open Windows Explorer

Once there, please select This PC in the left column. Right-click on it and select Manage

Run computer management
Run computer management

A new window with all Computer Management functions will open. Please click on Storage, then on Disk Management

Running Disk Management
Running Disk Management

We will immediately see the status of the installed hard disks. We will also see information related to each partition, such as its name, status, and use. To manage partitions, you just need to right-click the mouse on the hard disk. In the menu that unfolds we will see the options to extend, reduce, delete or format the volume. You can also open and explore, mark the partition as active and change the drive letter. Besides, you can enter the properties of the disk. In this case, we will see how to reduce the size of the partition. With this intention, right-click the mouse and select Shrink Volume. According to the amount of memory available on the disk, we can reduce it. The menu is very intuitive, it will indicate the total size before and after reducing it. Once you have made the necessary adjustments, just press Shrink to start the process.

Shrinking a volume in Windows 10
Shrinking a volume in Windows 10

According to the amount of memory available on the disk, we can reduce it. The menu is very intuitive, it will indicate the total size before and after reducing it. Once you have made the necessary adjustments, just press Shrink to start the process. Please note that if you wish to extend a volume, or remove it to create a new partition, just repeat the above process. You just have to change the order to start the process.

Conclusion

We have seen how to manage hard disks in Windows 10. With this intention, we have used the native Windows 10 tool called Disk Management. It’s a very interesting alternative since you don’t have to download files from the internet. Also, it is not necessary to restart the computer to see the changes. All right, that’s it for now. Before I say goodbye, I invite you to review our post on Overwrite in Windows 10. This is a tool to prevent you from recovering information from our hard drive.

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