By Lucas / Last Updated March 4, 2022

Every OS needs users to manage the disk resource and protect disks and partitions to keep the system in high performance. Once Windows 11 has been released, its strict hardware requirements force many users to have no choice but to pay more attention to disk management.

Users may need to adjust the capacity of drives, format drives, move programs… Thus, disk management tools emerge as the people’s needs. This article will introduce two disk managements: Windows 11 Disk Management, and better third-party software, and show you how to use them.

Disk Management in Windows 11

Disk Management is a built-in program in the Windows system for all Windows users. Users can run some simple adjustments for their drives but with many limitations. However, it’s necessary to know how to open it and how to use it when it’s available for your needs.

Windows 11 Disk Management

1. How to open disk management in Windows 11?

There are many ways to open Disk Management in Windows 11. Here we show you the two most easy ways.

No.1: Use the Quick Access menu

Step 1. Right-click the “Start” button or press “Windows”+ “X” together to open the menu, and choose Disk Management.

Open Disk Management in Windows 11

No.2: Use the “Run” command

Step 1. Press “Windows” + “R” simultaneously, and input “diskmgmt.msc” in the search box, press “Enter” to run it.

Run open Windows 11 disk management

2. How to use it?

To show how to use Disk Management, here we’ll try to extend the C drive by using the free space on the D drive.

Step 1. Open Disk Management.

Extend C drive via Disk Management in WIndows 11

Step 2. Right-click the D drive and select “Delete Volume”. You’ll receive a warning to confirm the operation, click “Yes” to continue.

Delete volume

delete all data on D drive

Step 3. Then, the D drive is an unallocated space right behind the C drive.

Create unalloacated space

Step 4. Now, right-click C drive, you can find that “Extend Volume” is available, click it. Then you’ll enter “Extend Volume Wizard”, click “Next”.

Extand volume in Disk Management

Step 5. Select the correct disk and click “Next”.

select drive to extend

Step 6. Click “Finish” to complete the operation.

Complete

Then, your C drive will have more free space.

Over extend C drive

Disk Management allows users to extend volume on any drive but this could be workable only the target drive has an unallocated volume right behind it. Usually, the D drive is on the right of the C drive, so users can create unallocated space from the D drive via deleting all data on the D drive.

Users can also create a new volume, convert to GPT disk, convert to a dynamic disk, shrink or format a partition, change drive letter…

A handy Windows 11 disk management tool

If you’ve used Disk Management in other Windows OS, you will exactly understand how laborious to use it. Many features ask users to delete their data on drives, and lots of ambiguous limits restrict users from flexibly managing their disks and drives.

For managing disks and partitions securely and easily, we suggest you choose professional third-party software to replace Disk Management. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is your best choice. This tool is specifically designed for users to flexibly manage their disks/drive at maximum. It supports Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista, and the Server edition is for Windows Server users. If you’re an enterprise user or a service provider, the Tech edition is devised for you. All users can find what they need.

Function list:

• Resize/create/delete/format/check & repair/merge/wipe/split/ partition

• Clone partition/disk

• Convert system/data disk between MBR and GPT without data loss

Migrate OS to another drive/disk without reinstalling

• Allocate free space from one partition to another without losing data

• Move installed programs without reinstalling

Create bootable media

• Convert file system between FAT32 and NTFS

• SSD secure erase wizard

• Wipe system disk

If you use AOMEI Partition Assistant to extend the C drive, you don’t need to delete any data on your drive, let’s see how to give more free space with this powerful tool.

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Method 1. Use “Allocated free space”

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant, right-click the partition from which you wish to allocate free space, and select "Allocate Free Space".

Allocate free space

Step 2. You will get a small pop-up window. Please type in the size of the free space which you want to share from the D partition and this free space will be directly added to the target drive.

Allocate free space from D drive to C drive

Step 3. You can take a preview of the operation result before confirming the start. Click "Apply" to execute this operation.

Apply

After these 3 steps, your C drive will be extended by the free space from the D drive, and you don’t need to delete anything to manually create an unallocated space right behind the C drive. Users can use the free space on any drive to enlarge other drives.

If there’s unallocated space on your disk, but it’s not on the right behind the drive you wish to extend, you can choose the “Merge Partition” feature.

Method 2. Move installed applications

Some users may install programs on their C drive, which leads the C drive to confront low capacity warnings. AOMEI Partition Assistant can migrate these installed programs to another drive/disk (including external disk). It can move all data files of the program on the disk to ensure the program can boot successfully after the transferring.

Step 1. Launch Partition Assistant, click “All Tools” in the left menu, then select the “App Mover” feature.

App mover

Step 2. In the new window, you can see all partitions, the number and size of installed programs on every partition will also be displayed. Select one partition that you want to move applications from and click "Next".

Select partition

Step 3. Choose applications you want to move and select the target location, then click "Move".

Tick APP

Step 4. In the pop-up window, you need to confirm forcibly closing running applications when moving starts. Click "OK" to begin the process.

OK

You can try to boot the moved programs to check if it works well after the move.

Ending lines

As you can see, AOMEI Partition Assistant as an expert of disk management is a multifunctional, pragmatic, user-friendly tool for all kinds of people to manage their devices easily and securely. You can always trust AOMEI Partition Assistant to protect your devices.