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2022 Best Two Useful Disk Utilities in Windows (11/10/8/7/Vista/XP)

Updated by Roxanne on May 12, 2022
Written by Daisy
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This page offers the two best free disk utilities for Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista, etc. With the program, you can put your partitions in proper order speed up the system with better performance:

  1. #1. EaseUS Disk Utility - Partition Master
  2. 1. Extend, Shrink, Delete, Create Volume
  3. 2. Convert Disk to Dynamic or Basic, GPT or MBR
  4. 3. Clone Partition, Clone Hard Drive
  5. More...
  1. #2. Windows Disk Utility - Disk Management
  2. 1. Extend, Shrink, Delete, Create Volume
  3. 2. Defrag Partition
  4. 3. Convert Disk to Dynamic

Have you received this warning-- "Sorry, you are running out of space"? When you want to install (run) your long-awaited games or other system programs, this little blue frame may confuse you. This article will introduce two useful and simple disk utilities-- EaseUS Partition Master and Windows built-in tool in Windows to you.
Disk Utility is a system utility for performing disk and disk volume-related tasks on the operating system. EaseUS Partition Master is a free Windows partition software that can help you create, resize, clone, move, merge, and format partitions, and much more. If you prefer any function we have, please get ready with me!

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1. EaseUS Disk Utility in Windows - EaseUS Partition Master

EaseUS is easy for beginners without data loss, increasing your computer speed. It has more features that Disk Management doesn't have. Its function is more effective than the former. Cleanup and optimization may give you a surprise.

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Besides basic disk management features, EaseUS Partition Master even offers some advanced features to help you manage disk, such as migrate OS, clone disk, etc.

How to Use EaseUS Disk Utility - Partition Master:

  • 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

  • Migrate OS to HDD/SSD

Many users find it annoying to re-install the operating system and hard drive. This software is the right hand to migrate OS and copy disk/partition.

No data loss and Windows reinstallation are needed. Follow to learn how to transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive(HDD/SSD) and migrate Windows 7/10 to SSD.

  • Clone HDD to SSD - Upgrade Hard Drive

When your hard drive is too small, you can easily apply the disk/partition copy feature for upgrading the disk.

As a guide, you may follow clone 1TB HDD/SSD to 512GB SSD. You can also apply this feature to clone SD cards in Windows 10.

  • Partition Recovery

It brings huge convenience to help you immediately restore the partition and data when you accidentally delete a volume.

2. Disk Utility in Windows - Disk Management

Your computer already has a Windows disk utility - Disk Management. It enables you to perform advanced storage tasks, including initializing a new disk, shrinking essential volume, extending a primary size, formatting a volume, deleting a basic volume, and changing drive letters and paths.

How to Use Disk Management

Step 1. Open Disk Management

  • On Windows 8/10: Right-click on the Windows start button and choose "Disk Management."
  • You also try the shortcut Win+X combination on your keyboard, then click "Disk Management" to open it.

windows8/10 disk mamagement interface

On Windows Vista/7: Right-click on Computer and choose "Manage," then click "Disk Management."

windows 7 disk management interface

Step 2. Manage Hard Drive Disk in Disk Management

  • Create New Partition: Right-click unallocated space and select "New Simple Volume." And complete the process.

Create volume

  • Shrink Volume: Right-click target volume and select "Shrink Volume." Adjust the size you want to shrink.

Shrink partition

  • Extend Volume: With unallocated space next to the target partition, right-click target volume and select "Extend Volume."

Extend volume

  • Format Volume: Right-click target partition and select "Format." Set a new file system and drive letter. Click "OK" to confirm.
  • Initialize New Disk: Right-click on disk, select "Initialize Disk." Set the partition style as "MBR" or "GPT" and click "OK."
  • Convert Disk to MBR/GPT: Right-click to delete all volumes. Right-click disk and select "Initialize Disk." Select "MBR" or "GPT."

Disk Management has limited functions and cannot be optimized and upgraded. Here is a better partition tool for you.

Other Disk Utilities in Windows

2. Auslogics Disk Defrog

Free application for Windows, designed to defragment files and folders on a hard drive, consolidate free space, and optimize file placement. Large contrast in interface color. If you intend to get more info, please click the links.

3. Disk Space Fan 4

Disk Space Fan 4 is a disk space analyzer and duplicate file remover software. It takes 1 minute to scan and show space with a pie chart. You can free up disk space and delete big files.

4. Smart Defrag 6

This software contains disk management, defragmentation at system boot time, and game optimization. The last feature optimizes the game experience, saving long load time.

5. WinDirStat

WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for various versions of Microsoft Windows. The main window is the same as the built-in computer tool. But one difference is that each file is represented by a colored rectangle, proportional to the file size.

6. UltraDefrag

UltraDefrag is a disk fragmentation for Windows, which can defrag locked system files at the beginning of the PC boot process.

7. Extra Subst

Extra Subst is a virtual disk management tool that allows users to more easily access commonly used folders in the computer, create, edit, and delete virtual drives on the PC, and create virtual drives based on the selected folders.

FAQ

1. How to wipe the disk with EaseUS Partition Master?

You can use the Wipe feature to wipe out a disk with EaseUS Partition Master, which alternatively overwrites the disk. In most cases, the data cleaned with this feature cannot be retrieved.

2. What does disk utility do?

Disk Utility is used to erase, format, or manage internal disks and external storage devices. Disk Utility can also be used to add and control volumes or if you want to organize your data into partitions. Disk Utility can be useful if you are working with RAID sets.

3. How do I know if disk utility is working on Mac?

  1. Open Disk Utility.
  2. Select the device that you are having problems with from the sidebar.
  3. Click on First Aid.
  4. Disk Utility will check the partition maps on the disk and check each volume.

4. Is there a disk utility for Windows?

Disk Management is a system utility in Windows that enables you to perform advanced storage tasks. Here are some of the things Disk Management is suitable for: To set up a new drive, see Initializing a new drive. To extend a volume into space that's not already part of a volume on the same hard drive, see Extend a primary volume.

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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Written by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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  • I love that the changes you make with EaseUS Partition Master Free aren't immediately applied to the disks. It makes it way easier to play out what will happen after you've made all the changes. I also think the overall look and feel of EaseUS Partition Master Free makes whatever you're doing with your computer's partitions easy.

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  • Partition Master Free can Resize, Move, Merge, Migrate, and Copy disks or partitions; convert to local, change label, defragment, check and explore partition; and much more. A premium upgrade adds free tech support and the ability to resize dynamic volumes.

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  • It won't hot image your drives or align them, but since it's coupled with a partition manager, it allows you do perform many tasks at once, instead of just cloning drives. You can move partitions around, resize them, defragment, and more, along with the other tools you'd expect from a cloning tool.

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