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5 Best Windows (11) Disk Utilities Free Download 2021 [Free & Paid]

Updated by Tracy King on Sep 13, 2021

When it comes to managing hard drives or partition an external hard disk, you can't directly execute the operation alone. Normally, you may need the help of a professional computer partition management tool or software for help. On this page, you'll find the 5 best Windows disk utilities that enable you to manage hard drives and even optimize the disk performance on your own. Let's see.

What Is Windows Disk Utility

Does Windows have a disk utility like the macOS? Yes! Like Mac Disk Utility, Microsoft added two disk management tools into the Windows operating system to help users for managing and making use of disk space flexibly. 

These two built-in Windows disk utilities are Disk Management and DiskPart. Both two tools support Windows users to create, extend, and even delete partitions for free on computers. However, according to some Windows beginners, they feel reluctant to use these two free utilities for managing their disks. The reason is pretty simple: both tools are a bit complex to use.

So is there a better Windows Disk Utility alternative tool that works the same or even better as Disk Management and Diskpart? Sure! 

5 Best Windows Disk Utilities for Windows 11/10/8/7 - Free & Paid

Compared with multiple disk management or disk optimizer software, here, we collected 5 best Windows Disk Utilities for you pick one and follow to manage HDD/SSD disks on your own:

  1. #1. EaseUS Partition Master
  2. #2. Windows Disk Management
  3. #3. Windows DiskPart
  4. #4. EaseUS Windows Genius
  5. #5. Disk Defrag

Your Quick Guide Here: 

  • For the easiest Windows disk utility software, EaseUS Partition Master shall be your first choice.
  • For a free disk utility, Disk Management in Windows computers shall work.
  • For a free disk optimizer, you can try the EaseUS CleanGenius tool provided by EaseUS software.

#1. EaseUS Partition Master - The Easiest & Powerful Disk Utility Software [Paid]

Windows Beginners' Best Shot

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With over 17 years of experience in disk management, EaseUS software has released hundreds of updates in its Windows disk utility software - EaseUS Partition Master. It's now a sophisticated and powerful tool in hard drive partitioning, disk upgrading, and even disk space allocation. 

Disk Utility Free Download: 

Designed with an intuitive interface, any level of Windows users can apply this software to do a self-reliance disk management operation on their own. Let's see what you can do with this powerful disk utility:

Basic Disk Management Advanced Features
  • Create or delete partitions.
  • Extend, merge, shrink partitions.
  • Format partitions, change partition formats.
  • Check disk and repair errors.
  • Wipe or erase hard drives, external hard drives, etc.
  • Change drive letter, label.
  • Hide or unhide partition.
  • Convert primary to logical, or vice versa.
  • Resize Dynamic partition.
  • Explorer disk or partition usage.
  • Clone hard drive, partition to HDD/SSD
  • Migrate OS to HDD/SSD
  • Convert MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR, no data loss
  • Adjust disk layout and resolve C drive low disk space issue.
  • Allocate disk space to any partitions without deleting or formatting partitions. 
  • 1-click to partition a new hard drive.
  • Recover lost partitions and data.
  • Convert the Basic disk to Dynamic or vise versa, no data loss.
  • Convert NTFS to FAT32 or FAT32 to NTFS without formatting.
  • Manage hard drive partitions without OS via bootable disk.
  • 4K alignment SSD.
  • Initialize disk.
  • Merge or split partitions without losing data.

How to Use EaseUS Disk Utility to 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...) and many more settings in the Advanced Settings. Click "OK".

create partition step 2

Finally, cick "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. Windows Disk Management - Windows Built-in Utility [Free]

Free & Basic Disk Management Tool in Windows

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Unlike EaseUS Partition Master, Disk Management is a Windows built-in disk utility that works to help Windows users execute some normal operations on their hard drives or external storage devices.

Disk Utility Free Download: Disk Management was embedded in Windows operating system. So you don't need to download it.

So what you can do with this tool? Here are some basic features that you may feel like trying:

Basic Disk Management Advanced Features
  • Create, delete, shrink, extend volume.
  • Change drive letter, or partition label.
  • Explore partition.
  • Format hard drives partition.
  • Hide or unhide partition.
  • Initialize disk.
  • Convert MBR to GPT, or GPT to MBR (partition deletion is a must).
  • Convert Basic to Dynamic.

Litmus: 

  • Can't clone disk.
  • No OS migration option.
  • Can't merge partitions.
  • Can't convert NTFS to FAT32 or vice versa.
  • Can't manage disks without OS.
  • More...

How to Use Disk Management to Partition Hard Drive in Windows 11

Compared to EaseUS Partition Master, it's indeed a bit complex with fewer features for disk management. If you tend to use it, here is a brief guide that you can learn how to open Disk Management and use it to partition hard drive/SSD on Windows 11 or older OS:

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#3. Windows DiskPart - Windows Built-in Disk Utility [Free]

Windows Disk Management Alternative Disk Utility

Diskpart

Being similar to Disk Management, DiskPart is a command-line disk utility tool that advanced Windows users can apply to execute some basic disk management operations. 

Disk Utility Free Download: This tool is also available in Windows OS that you don't need to download.

What you can do with it? This tool does more works than Disk Management but less than EaseUS Partition Master. Let's check the list here:

Basic Disk Management Advanced Features
  • Create, delete, shrink, extend volume.
  • Change drive letter or partition label.
  • Explore partition.
  • Format hard drive partitions.
  • Hide or unhide volume.
  • Initialize disk.
  • Convert MBR to GPT, or GPT to MBR (partition deletion is a must).
  • Convert Basic to Dynamic.
  • Clean read-only state, remove write protection from disks.

How to Use DiskPart to Create a New Volume:

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#4. EaseUS CleanGenius - Free Disk Performance Optimizer [Free]

Disk and Computer Performance Optimizer

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Unlike the former three disk utilities, EaseUS Windows Genius is more like a device performance optimizer. With this utility, you can directly check what's taking up space on a hard drive, clean up disk and you can resolve multiple device performance issues with this utility.

Disk Optimizer Utility Free Download: You can directly download it from the below guide steps.

So what exactly you can do with this tool? Let's see:

Basic Features Advanced Features
  • Disk cleanup
  • Clean up system junk files, useless app files.
  • Clean up junk or useless registry files.
  • Clean up browser plug-ins.
  • Protect privacy in Windows, browsers, and applications.
  • Shred useless files.
  • Speed up Windows startup, disable/enable Windows automatic update.
  • Show hidden files, remove disk write protection.
  • Uninstall useless apps or broken programs.

How to Use:

Step 1. DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS CleanGenius on your PC. To begin with, navigate to "Cleanup" and click "Scan".

clean up system step 1

Step 2. EaseUS CleanGenius will start immediately to scan all the useless files, select system junk files and invalid entries and click "Clean" over all your PC.

clean up system step 2

Step 3. Once completes, you can see clearly how many MBs or GBs of data that are cleaned. Click "Done" to finish the process.

clean up system step 3

#5. Disk Defrag - Disk Optimizer [Paid]

Overall Disk Optimizer for Windows 

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Being similar to EaseUS CleanGenius, Disk Defrag, developed by auslogics.com, is more than a disk utility that works as a disk optimization tool. It supports executing some basic disk management operations and optimizing disk performance at the same time.

Disk Utility Free Download: Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro. 

What exactly you can do on your disk with this utility? Check the list here:

Basic Features Advanced Features
  • Defragment hard drives - HDD, SSD, external hard drives.
  • Defragment files or folders.
  • Check and repair disk error.
  • Disk cleanup before defragging.
  • Wipe free spaces on disks.
  • Schedule to defrag.

Which Windows Disk Utility Should You Use to Organize and Improve Disk Performance?

On this page, we collect 5 Windows disk utilities for you to manage and improve disk performance on Windows 11/10/8/7 computers. 

By following the guide and feature list, you should be able to figure out which tool to use on a computer. If you still feel difficult to select, follow the tips here to get your answer.

EaseUS Editors' Picks:

  • To manage and make full control of your computer disks, take EaseUS Partition Master for help.
  • To create partitions for free, Disk Management is fairly enough for your needs. 
  • To optimize the system or your computer performance, EaseUS CleanGenius worths a try.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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