Windows 8 Disk Management - Organize Windows 8 Hard Drive Partition Easily and Safely

As the latest Microsoft operating system - Windows 8 comes with many new features, including Metro-style touch-based interface, Windows store, etc. Compare with Windows 7, however, there is no improvement in Windows 8 Disk Management. It only allows you to perform the following operations in Windows 8:

How to open Windows 8 Disk Management?

There are various ways to access Windows 8 Disk Management. The very easiest one is from the Command Prompt.

Open Run by pressing [Win-Logo]+[R] simultaneously. Type "diskmgmt.msc" in the text box and then click "OK".


The Windows 8 Disk Management will open immediately. The following is a screenshot:

Extend and shrink volume with Windows 8 Disk Management

Windows 8 Disk Management lets you shrink volume and extend volume. To shrink a partition, you need to right click on the partition which you want to shrink and select "Shrink Volume", then enter the amount of space you want to free up.


To extend a partition, you need to right click on the partition which you want to extend and select "Extend Volume", then follow the instructions to extend.

Note: The "Extend Volume" is only available when there is contiguous unallocated space behind the partition you want to extend, otherwise, it will be greyed out.

As mentioned above, there are some limitations in Windows 8 Disk Management. Why not organize your Windows 8 hard disk partition with advanced partition manager software? AOMEI Partition Assistant, a complete free partition manager and disk management tool, fully supports 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 8.

AOMEI Partition Assistant VS Windows 8 Disk Management


Features AOMEI Partition Assistant Windows 8 Disk Management
Create, delete, format partitions, change drive letter, set active
Hide, label, check partitions
Extend/Shrink NTFS partition
Extend/Shrink FAT partition
Merge partitions
Move partition
Allocate free space
Copy disk & partition
Convert FAT to NTFS
Convert primary to logical and vice versa
Wipe disk, partition, unallocated space
Resize dynamic disk

So that's the main differences between AOMEI Partition Assistant and Windows 8 Disk Management. You may check more detailed features of AOMEI Partition Assistant. At the same time, the user-friendly interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant makes the complicated simple. The following is the main window:


AOMEI Partition software brings the most popular hard disk partition management functions on MBR and GPT disk, including Partition Manager, Disk & Partition Copy Wizard and Extend Partition Wizard, with all hardware RAID supported. Now free download and enjoy the benefits.

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