The first question you’re asking is “Why would any musician or entertainer – because this site is aimed at musicians and entertainers, right – want to use the Disk Manager in Windows 10?”
“I mean, come on, I’m a musician and/or an entertainer, yeah?
I’m a musician and entertainer too – as it happens – as well as a compujter geek – and I use the Disk Manager in Windows 10 regularly; particularly recently when I added extra storage to my system, in the form of a 4TB hard drive.
I find that I use around a couple of gigabytes when creating a song or piece of music, and when I’ve done, and the song is complete – whether or not it gets published – I end up storing the song and its phrases, riffs, and other component parts, on around a gigabyte of digital media; usually a hard-drive.
Yes I could use an SSD, and it would be faster; – but at time of writing the largest commonly available storage size of a decent SSD is around 1TB, and they cost around £400 currently. A 2TB, even a 4TB SSD can be obtained if you’re rather rich; but I got hold of a brand new Western Digital * My Book * 4TB HDD for around £55 ($88 USD) from Amazon. – Yeah that was a great deal. – I was lucky to get an end-of-line clearance. I believe they’re currently almost £200 normal retail price at time of writing.
Anyway; because I need so much space, it means – when it comes to buying drives – the more storage space on that drive the better it will be.
The thing is that I don’t intend to use the entire 4TB drive for storing songs that I’ve written and composed. – It could store 4 thousand, even 3 thousand 5 hundred songs; and that number of songs is a lifetime’s work or more. – So even if I transfer all my songs to the media for storage, there will be a lot of space that will remain unused.
I divided up the 4TB drive into 3 drives: 1 of a little under 2 terabytes, and 2 of a little under 1TB. – One of which I used to store my existing productions and associated files; the other I use to store my Dropbox local folders. The 2TB partition stores backups from a number of computers. I partition the 4TB drive; that is making the single large physical drive appear to the Windows operating system to be 2 smaller drives… And to do this I use the built-in Disk Manager.
The thing is that the Disk Manager isn’t immediately apparent to any Windows user:
In fact I doubt a lot of Windows users are even aware of its existence. – It appears that around 50% of them can barely use a browser and send email anyway; so I doubt many of them would know what to do with it if they found it… But even if they, or you, do know about it; calling it up is another matter:
You could use a command line, and call it from its location at C: \ Windows \ System32 \ diskmgmt.msc . You could type “Disk Manager” into Cortana’s panel, or she might even understand if you say it and call it up for you – though I doubt it: Apple’s Siri is a lot better at understanding speech, and even she’s not that good at it. If you type it you’ll get a number of choices, only one or none of which are the one you want. You could even call it up via the Windows 10 GUI – If you can remember the complicated steps involved in doing so…
But there really is no need to jump through hoops every time you want to call up the Disk Manager. – You can
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