There are tons of third-party partition managers for Windows
10, but as you know, Windows includes its own Disk Management
tool hidden in the Control Panel. With Windows 10’s built-in
Disk Management tool, you can resize, create, delete and also
I’ve been reporting that Microsoft is working on a modern Disk
Management for Windows 10 as part of its plan to streamline the
operating system. It appears that the tech giant is going ahead
with its plans to create a modern replacement for another
important classic feature of the OS.
Windows 10 Build 20175, which is an early version of an
upcoming update that’s been released to people who want to test
it, includes the new modern disk management tool.
The feature, which is currently hidden, can be accessed from
the “Manage Disks and Volumes” link in Settings > Storage,
and it’s based on Microsoft’s UWP principles.
The homepage of the Disk Management window shows you a list of
your disks and their volumes. In my case, I have only one disk,
two ‘unlabelled’ volumes and one recovery partition.
When you select a volume, you’ll see two options – Explore and
Properties. While the ‘Explore’ button simply opens the disk
partition in File Explorer, the second option called
‘Properties’ allows you to actually manage the selected volume.
If you’ve ever wanted to rearrange the drive letters for your
various volumes, this new tool would be the place to go. To
change the drive letter, you need to select the volume and open
its Properties, and simply click on ‘Change Drive Letter’.
In the dropdown menu of “Change Drive Letter”, you can select a
new drive letter. The letters which are not already assigned to
volumes are only available on the dropdown.
The page also shows a graphical representation of your volume
and available storage space. If you select “Change Size”
option, a popup opens to show the disk that contains that
volume and you can shink the volume when it has enough free
In the example above, we’re shrinking a 60GB volume partition.
The popup window shows the current size of the volume, and the
minimum or maximum space you can have for the current volume.
Currently, the modern replacement works partially and it isn’t
as advanced as the classic tool or third-party tools, but it
gets the basic job done. The classic Disk Management tool does
include more advanced features like deleting and formatting
disk partitions, which are currently missing in the modern
The good news, at least, is that the company has only started
working on modern Disk Management tool and it will eventually
receive all the key features.