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[Windows] Managing partitions through Disk Management

WilliamWilliam Moderator
edited August 2019 in Windows VPS

In this guide we will provide a beginner guide on management of disk partitions and their sizes. Windows Server OS has an already prepared Disk Management utility tool that allows to make these configurations in just a couple of steps.


Windows VPS service with installed OS.

Accessing VPS

Log-in to your VPS via Remote Desktop (Windows) or rdesktop (Linux).

Starting Disk Management application

Disk Management application can be accessed in a few different ways:

  • 2.1 First option is to start it from the Server Manager application. In the "Tools" tab, select "Computer Management":

Afterwards, on the left menu, choose "Disk Management option.

  • 2.2 The other method is to right-click the "Start" button and choose "Disk Management" option:

  • 2.3 The third option is to summon Command Prompt and run the "diskmgmt.msc" command:

Using Disk Management utility tool

By default, C: Volume assigns all of the disk space of your VPS. To create additional partitions, first allocate the disk space to work with by shrinking current Volume. Right click the name of the Volume or the partition field and choose "Shrink Volume...". 

In the menu, you can choose how much MB of free (available) disk space you want to shrink from your current Volume, and then press "Shrink".

After that, additional not assigned partition space will appear at the Disk Management application. This space can be used for creating new Volume, by right-clicking the Unallocated disk space field and choosing "New Simple Volume...".

On the opened Setup page, set the size for the new partition, from the available free disk space. Afterwards, you can assign the selected letter for the new Volume and choose the preferred details for the format of the new partition. 

After that, new Volume will be added in your Disk Management application and will be seen in your This PC (My Computer) Window:

And that's it! If you followed our instructions, you have created an additional Volume to separate your files inside of a VPS. In addition to this, Disk Management utility tool that is located in Server Manager application, also allows you to delete (only for additional Volumes), shrink and extend all of your created Volumes.

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