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DiskPart: Tips and Tricks for Using DiskPart Effectively in Windows

Updated by Tracy King on Apr 27, 2022
DiskPart, being similar to Command Prompt, is defined as a command interpreter that helps to manage users' computer drives, including hard disks, partitions, volumes, and even virtual disks. 
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What do you know about it? Is it a beginner's tool? What can normal Windows users do with this tool on computers? Follow this page, and we'll show you what Diskpart is and what you can do with this tool on Windows 11/10 or even older Windows computers.

In this article, you'll learn:

  • What Is Diskpart
  • How Does DiskPart Work
  • What Are the Benefits of Using DiskPart? Pros & Cons
  • DiskPart Top Used Commands
  • How Do You Enable Diskpart
  • DiskPart: How to Create, Format, and Manage Partitions [Step-by-Step Guide]
  • DiskPart Alternative Tool Free Download

Note: Tips here apply to run DiskPart in Windows 11/10/8/7, older Windows, and Windows Servers.

What Is DiskPart? 

DiskPart, a free command-line utility, processes orders to Windows operating systems to execute some disk partitioning tasks through diverse command lines. 

DiskPart was introduced in Windows 2000, and its later versions in Windows operating systems as a successor of fdisk. As introduced, DiskPart is a disk partitioning tool that assists experienced and professional Windows users in managing their OS drives, data disks, external hard drives, USB flash drives, and even SD cards, etc.

How Does DiskPart Work? 

So how does DiskPart work? Some of you may wonder how does DiskPart conveys the command lines to the operating system and then order the computer to execute respective operations, right?

Microsoft has precisely described how DiskPart interprets commands to help Windows users manage their computer disks and partitions.

Here is the process:

Step 1. Open DiskPart.

Step 2. List available objects, such as disk, volume, Partition, and even vdisk.

  • list disk - Display all the disks on the computer.
  • volume - Display all the volumes on the computer.
  • list partition - Display the partitions on the disk that has focused on the computer.
  • list vdisk - Display all the virtual disks on the computer.

Step 3. Determine focus - you need to decide which object to focus on. 

It could be a disk, a volume, a partition, or even a virtual disk, such as:

  • select disk 1
  • list volume
  • select volume 5 

These commands tell the computer to focus on volume 5 on disk 1. 

Step 4. Interpret commands to the operating system through Syntax parameters.

Work modes of DiskPart

Note: The overall procedure will only work when you open and run the DiskPart command as an administrator.

What Are the Benefits of Using DiskPart? Pros & Cons

So what benefits can I get by using DiskPart? Here is a table that lists the Pros and Cons of running DiskPart command lines to manage disk partitions in Windows computers:

Pros of DiskPart Cons of DiskPart
  • Free
  • Get more control on disk partitions than Disk Management
  • Support managing disks with or without booting into Windows
  • Rapid to process orders to the operating system 
  • Complex to run
  • Hard to remember all syntax parameters
  • No undo options
  • No confirm option and easy to make mistakes
  • Serious error may happen with false commands

So who is DiskPart designed for? Windows professionals, developers, and experienced administrators are the target users of DiskPart. 

Note: If you are not familiar with DiskPart, or you are a Windows beginner, DiskPart alternative tools like Disk Management or other partition manager software are more user-friendly for you to try.

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Most Used DiskPart Commands in Managing Disks

Here we collected some top most frequently used DiskPart commands in managing disk partitions that you can see what you can do with this tool:

Type Commands
Manage Partitions
  • Create Partition
  • Delete Volume
  • Format Partition
  • Assign Drive Letter
  • Extend Partition
  • Shrink Partition
  • Mark Partition as Active
Manage Disks
  • Clean Disk or Erase Disk
  • Convert Disk

So how do you use DiskPart to execute these tasks on your computer? First, you need to enable and open DiskPart. Then, follow the two guides below and manage disk partitions on your computer with success.

Guide 1: How Do You Open or Enable DiskPart?

Here we'll present you a normal way that most Windows users apply to open and enable DiskPart on their computers.

Here are the steps:

#1. Open DiskPart in Windows 11:

  • Press Windows + S keys, type diskpart.
  • Right-click on it and select "Run as administrator".

Open DiskPart in Windows 11

#2. Open DiskPart in Windows 10:

  • Press Windows + R keys, type cmd.
  • Click "OK" to open Command Prompt.
  • Type diskpart and hit Enter to open DiskPart.

Open DiskPart inWindows 10

#3. Open DiskPart in Windows 8:

  • Click the start menu, select search, and type cmd in the search box.
  • Right-click Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator".
  • Type diskpart in Command Prompt and hit Enter.

Open DiskPart Windows 8

#4. Open DiskPart in Windows 7:

  • Click Start, and type cmd.
  • Find Command Prompt from the search list, right-click on it and select "Run as Administrator".
  • Type diskpart in Command Prompt and hit Enter.

Open DiskPart in Windows 7

Once DiskPart is enabled on your computer, you can now follow Guide 2 below to create, format, or manage your disk partitions with ease.

Guide 2: How to Create, Format, and Manage Partitions with DiskPart [Step-by-step guide]

#1. How to Use DiskPart to Manage Partitions in Windows

Here in this part, we'll show you the process of running DiskPart commands to manage partitions on your computer. Let's get started.

To Create Partition in DiskPart:

  • Open DiskPart and type the following command lines to create Partition.
  • Remember to hit Enter each time:
  1. list disk
  2. select disk * (Replace * with your selected disk.)
  3. list partition
  4. create partition primary size=1024 (1024MB is equal to 1 GB.) (You can also replace this command with "create partition extended size =*" and "create partition logical =*")
  5. assign letter=*
  6. exit

Create partition using Diskpart

To Delete Volume Using DiskPart:

  • Open DiskPart and type the following command lines one by one.
  • Hit Enter each time:
  1. list disk
  2. select disk * (Replace * with the disk number of your disk)
  3. list partition
  4. select Partition * (Replace * with the partition number that you tend to delete)
  5. delete Partition

delete partition using DiskPart

To Format Partition Using DiskPart:

  • Open DiskPart in Windows and type the commands one by one.
  • Hit Enter each time:
  1. diskpart
  2. list disk
  3. select disk + number (Replace 2 with the number of your USB drive.)
  4. list volume
  5. select volume + number (Replace 10 with the volume number of your USB flash drive.)
  6. format fs=ntfs quick (You can also replace NTFS with FAT32 or exFAT.)
  7. exit

Format partition with DiskPart

To Assign Drive Letter Using DiskPart:

  • Open DiskPart, and type the following command lines one by one.
  • Hit Enter each time:
  1. list volume
  2. select volume * (Replace * with the target volume number.)
  3. assign letter=* ( Replace * with the drive letter that you want to assign to the target volume.)

Assign drive letter with Diskpart

To Extend Partition via DiskPart:

  • Open DiskPart and type the following command lines one by one.
  • Hit Enter each time:
  1. list volume
  2. select volume * (replace * with the volume number that you need to extend.)
  3. extend or extend size=* (replace * with the partition size that you want to add to the target volume.)

Extend partition with DiskPart

Note that this operation requires you have unallocated space left behind the target volume. If not, you'll need to shrink or delete a neighbor volume first.

To Shrink Partition with DiskPart:

  • Open DiskPart in Windows and type the following commands one by one.
  • Hit Enter each time:
  1. list volume
  2. select volume * (Replace * with the volume number that you need to shrink.)
  3. shrink desired=* (Replace * with the volume size that you want to shrink and get from the selected volume.)

Shrink partition with Diskpart

To Mark Partition as Active with DiskPart:

  • Open DiskPart and type the following command one by one.
  • Hit Enter each time:
  1. list disk
  2. select disk *
  3. list partition
  4. select partition *
  5. active

Mark partition as active with DiskPart

#2. How to Use DiskPart to Manage Disks (HDD/SSD, External) in Windows

Aside from managing partitions, DiskPart also supports Windows users to manage disks on their own, such as how to clean up a drive or convert disk type to MBR/GPT.

Here are the guidelines that you can follow to execute these operations on your computer.

Note: Remember to back up all essential content on your target disk before executing these tasks.

To Clean or Erase Disk with DiskPart:

  • Open DiskPart and type the following commands one by one.
  • Hit Enter each time:
  1. diskpart
  2. list disk
  3. select disk *
  4. clean, or clean all (To clean all data and partitions, use the clean command. To erase the disk, use the clean all command.)
  5. exit

Clean disk with DiskPart

To Convert Disk to MBR or GPT Using DiskPart:

  • Open DiskPart and type the following commands one by one.
  • Hit Enter each time:
  1. diskpart
  2. select disk *
  3. clean
  4. convert mbr (or convert gpt)

Convert disk to MBR

DiskPart Alternative Tool Free Download (For Windows Beginners)

To most experienced Windows users, DiskPart may be a handy tool for executing some specific tasks, especially when Windows is not booting. However, it's somehow complex for many Windows beginners.

If you are looking for a qualified tool that could replace DiskPart to fulfill disk management demands, a professional partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master, is perfect for you to try. 

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This tool assists you in partitioning and managing hard drive partitions, external HDD/SSDs, or even virtual disks within only a few simple clicks.

See how can EaseUS Partition Master help:

#1. Partition Hard Drive

Step 1. Check for free space

To divide a disk partition into multiple ones, you must ensure that there has adequate free space to be allotted.

Step 2. Shrink a disk partition to create unallocated space

By doing so, start with the "Resize/Move" feature. Right-click on a partition with a lot free space and select "Resize/Move".

decrease partition step 1

Drag either end of the partition rightwards or leftwards so you can shrink its size as the red arrow does, in order to get ample unallocated space. You can visually know how much space you've decreased in the "Partition size" area. Click "OK".

decrease partition step 2

At last, you need to click the "Execute xx Operation" on the top menu and then "Apply" to save all the changes. Go back on the main window, there should be unallocated space appearing under the same disk of the shrinked one.

decrease partition step 3

Step 3. Create a new partition on unallocated space

The last step is to turn the unallocated space into a usable partition drive with a recognized file system. Right-click on the unallocated space and choose "Create...".

create partition step 1

Customize the partition information by choosing a drive letter, partition label, file system (NTFS, FAT32, EXT2/3/4, exFAT) and many more settings in the Advanced Settings. Click "OK".

create partition step 2

Finally, click "Apply" to confirm that you want to create a partition on the unallocated space. Repeat the whole steps to partition a hard drive in many more partitions.

create partition step 3

#2. Convert Disk to MBR/GPT

Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your Windows computer.

Step 2. Right-click the MBR disk that you want to convert and choose "Convert to GPT".

convert MBR to GPT - 1

Step 3. After that, find and click the "Execute 1 Operation" button on the toolbar and choose "Apply" to start the conversion.

convert MBR to GPT - 2

#3. Migrate OS to HDD/SSD

Aside from the above features, you can apply this software to:

Conclusion

On this page, we discussed what DiskPart is, how DiskPart works, and the most commonly used commands.

We also showed you how to enable DiskPart and run different commands to execute diverse tasks in Windows 11/10/8/7. Alongside DiskPart, we also introduced a DiskPart alternative tool - EaseUS Partition Master to Windows beginners.

Compared to DiskPart, EaseUS partitioning software is qualified and works even better in managing disk partitions. It's easier and covers more features to assist Windows users in making full use of their disk partitions and storage devices. For an efficient and easy tool to manage hard drive partitions and disks, don't miss it.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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