Nowadays, disk or partition management is becoming a very common topic. When using a computer, the hard drive is used to store data. But during the process, it is necessary to manage disk and partition, such as resize partition, partition a hard drive, format and so on. In Windows 10, this thing is also common. You can also use the built-in Disk Management to do some basic operations, for example, create volume, delete volume, extend/shrink volume, change drive letter or paths, make partition as active, convert basic disk to dynamic disk and more.
However, sometimes the built-in Disk Management in Windows 10 still can’t meet you needs although Windows 10 is the newest operating system. Today here I will introduce you three main cases about Windows 10 Disk Management not working issue.
After installing Windows 10 for a period of time, it is most likely to be running out of disk space. In this case, to extend Windows 10 partition can be a choice. Usually, you probably choose the snap-in disk manager to do this work. However, you find that extend volume grayed out issue appears.
Generally speaking, Windows 10 Disk Management can’t work due to three reasons when extending partition.
1. There must be an unallocated space immediately following the primary partition you want to extend.
2. Free space must be adjacent and right to the target logical partition.
3. Windows Disk Management “Extend Volume” only works in RAW and NTFS partition.
Once this Windows 10 partition manager doesn’t work well, you can use a third-party program to extend partition effectively. Here MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition will be recommended. As a professional free partition software, it is compatible with Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista to resize/delete/format/copy partition, recover lost partition and more.
Step 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to its main interface. Then select the target partition and click “Extend Partition”.
Step 2: Then you can get some free space from other partition on the same disk.
Step 3: Hit “Apply” to execute this change.
As you know, before using a new hard drive, you need to initialize this disk to MBR or GPT. During using a hard drive, you want to convert MBR disk to GPT for more partitions or convert GPT to MBR for better system compatibility. If you use Windows 10 Disk Management, this free disk utility requires you to delete all volumes, leading to data loss.
In this case, MiniTool Partition Wizard can also be used to convert disk type between MBR and GPT without any data loss. Please right click on the target disk to select “Convert GPT Disk to MBR Disk” feature to do this conversion.
Besides, if you need to change your file system, many of you choose to use Windows 10 Disk Management to format partition to NTFS or FAT32. However, this formatting can lead to data loss. Therefore, please also use MiniTool Partition Wizard to convert file system between NTFS and FAT32 without data loss.
In addition to the above three cases, Disk Management in Windows 10 still has some limitations to manage disk and partition in other aspects, for example, it is unable to format and delete system partition, can’t set partition logical/primary, can’t copy disk and more. Check this post – Windows 10 Disk Management Can’t Work? Try Partition Wizard Now to learn much information.