Microsoft finally details Windows 10’s modern take on disk management

Windows 10 Settings app

As the Control Panel is no longer the focus on Windows 10,
Settings menu has been getting more and more features in recent
years. Microsoft has already confirmed that more new Settings
features are on the way and the
latest addition is a new way to manage your disks and
volumes.

The new disk management tool is available in Settings >
Settings > System > Storage > Manage Disks and
Volumes. In the Windows Insider podcast, Microsoft has revealed
that the new Disk Management tool is one of the first settings
page using both C++ and Windows Runtime (WinRT).

Microsoft says it has also greatly simplified the interactions
with COM (Component Object Model) components within the new
modern UI.

Windows 10 settings technical

Windows 10’s modern Disk Management settings app is also
capable of reacting to device changes. For example, if you
attach a USB storage drive, the new Settings will be able to
detect it instantly.

Unlike the legacy tool, Windows 10’s modern take on disk
management can display information of disks and volumes in real
time.

Information regarding your disk and external drives will be
updated whenever a change on them occurs. Even if it originated
on an external application, like the legacy disk management
tool.

Manage disks and volumes

“The update mechanism is undocked from the UI thread. Then, the
UI fetches information using a non-blocking synchronization
mechanism,” the company said.

In addition, Windows 10 Settings will automatically update the
disk and volumes attributes as you make changes and real-time
updates won’t compromise the app’s responsiveness.

Microsoft noted that it expects the modern app to perform and
react better to real-time changes to reduce the long wait time.

The UI of the modern disk management tool is simple and plain
because “one of the main goals of this project was to provide
an accessible interface for managing device storage”.

Unlike the classic disk management tool, Microsoft says this
modern interface can be navigated completely using your
keyboard and it’s also fully compatible with Windows Narrator.

At the moment, this modern interface is pretty sparse looking
and it’s missing a lot of key features, but there are plans to
make this tool even better.

It’s likely it’ll be able to present the storage information in
a graph soon, but we don’t know if and when the interface will
become more visually appealing.

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