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A component of Microsoft Windows
Included withWindows NT

In computing, diskpart is a command-line disk partitioning utility included in Windows 2000 and later, replacing its predecessor, fdisk.[1]

This utility prevents creating multipartition layout for removable media such as flash drives. It is also used for partitioning internal hard drives.

How it works[edit]

diskpart supports the use of scripts to automate its usage. For example, the following text file could be supplied to diskpart to create a new partition:

create partition logical size=2048
assign letter=F

This will create a 2 GB logical partition at the beginning of the free space on the disk and assign it the drive letter F:, provided that space requirements are met.[2]

The installed disks and their associated volumes and/or partitions can be viewed by these commands:

list disk
list volume
list partition

Recovery Console[edit]

On the Recovery Console, which is included in all Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, there is a diskpart command which is significantly different from the one included in the actual operating system. It only provides functionality for adding and deleting partitions, but not for setting an active partition.[3]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "How to extend a data volume in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, in Windows 2000, and in Windows Server 2008". Support. Microsoft. 11 September 2011.
  2. ^ Bhardwaj, Pawan K.; Andreou, Kimon; Barber, Brian; Kleiman, Dave; Satyanarayana, Mahesh (2006). How to cheat at Windows System Administration using command line scripts. Rockland, MA: Syngress. ISBN 1-59749-105-5.
  3. ^ "Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console for advanced users". Support. Microsoft. 11 July 2013.