How to Open Disk Management in Windows 10 – Manage Your Disk Drives

In Windows 10, there’s a built-in mechanism that can help you easily manage your disk drives. It’s called Disk Management. But first, how to open it?

The easiest way to open Disk Management in Windows 10 is by using the Quick Access menu.

Right-click the Windows Start button on the bottom-left corner of your screen. This will show the Quick Access menu. From here, click Disk Management.

Disk Management from Quick Access Manu

If you prefer using the keyboard, you can also use the Search box in the taskbar. Type disk management in the search box and when shown, select Create and format hard disk partitions in the search results.

Disk Management from Search

Another keyboard method to open Disk Management in Windows 10 is to press the keyboard combination Windows + R, which will open the Run window. Next, type diskmgmt.msc and then click OK.

Disk Management from Run

If you can remember the exact command this is a good alternate to the search option.

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The Disk Management Window

Another way to open Disk Management in Windows 10 is to use the Computer Management option. You can access Computer Management from the Quick Access Menu as well.

Once the Computer Management window is open, navigate to Storage -> Disk Management on the left-hand panel and select it. Please note that depending on the computer configuration, it can take a moment for disk management details to show.

Computer Management window

Once the Disk Management window shows, you will see all the disks and volumes (or partitions) in your computer.

Disk Management Window

The top table shows the volumes with the file system and available disk space.

In the bottom section, you will see the disk drives in the computer, and how the storage space on the disks is allocated to the different volumes (partitions).

Why Use Disk Management in Windows 10?

Normally you would only use disk management when you install a new version of Windows, or when you add or replace a disk drive to your computer.

But there are also scenarios where Disk Management in Windows 10 can be useful during normal computer usage.

  • Changing a drive letter for a volume can be helpful to prevent external drives not being recognized due to drive letter conflicts. If a USB stick or external USB drive is plugged but does not show up in Windows Explorer, check the drive letter assignment first!
  • Simply changing the name of a volume to a more useful indication of what is stored on the drive is another example.
  • And, maybe less frequent, you might need to change the size of a drive.

In all these cases, simply right-click the volume in the disk management window and select the option in the popup menu.

Disk Management Popup Menu

I hope this article has helped you guys when trying to find the Disk Management tool in Windows 10. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know below and I’ll do my best to answer them!

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[Easy Fixes] Zoom Mic Not Working in Windows 10 (With Pics!)

Everything is set. It’s time. You click the link to join a Zoom meeting. You hear everyone. But no one can hear you. That sucks!

Let’s get right to it then. Following are some easy, step-by-step fixes you can do to get that mic working in Windows 10.

Fix #1 – Check That Your Mic is Correctly Plugged to Your PC

This fix assumes that you have an external device you’re using as your microphone for your Zoom meetings. If that’s not the case, feel free to move on to the next recommended fix.

  1. Unplug your microphone and plug it back in to ensure that it’s not just loosely connected.
  2. If you’re using a USB audio device, then try plugging it into a different usb port.
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    Note: If you’re using a USB hub or USB extension cable, try plugging the device directly into your computer’s USB port.

Fix #2 – Check that your Microphone Device is Not Muted

  1. On the Windows Taskbar, right-click the speaker icon and then click Open Sound Settings.
  2. Under Input, click the Choose your input device down arrow and select the microphone device you want to use.
  3. If you’re using an audio headset, check that its Mute switch – if it has one – is not turned on.
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Fix #3 – Check that Zoom is Allowed to Use Your Microphone

  1. Use the Windows search box, type microphone privacy settings and select this option when it appears.
  2. Under Microphone, switch the Allow apps to access your microphone toggle to On.
  3. Scroll down further till you find Allow desktop apps to access your microphone, and then toggle that to On too.

Note: Ensure that Zoom Meetings is one of the desktop apps listed as allowed to use the microphone.

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Tip: Is the Zoom app not listed under Microphone Privacy Settings?

    • Uninstall Zoom.
    • Restart your PC.
    • Re-install Zoom.

Fix #4 – Ensure that Zoom is Using the Default Microphone

  1. Log into your Zoom desktop app.
  2. On the right side of the Zoom pane, under your profile icon, click the Settings icon settings-icon.
  3. On the left pane, click Audio.
  4. Under Microphone, ensure that audio device selected is the same device you chose under Fix #2 above. If not, click the down arrow and then select Same as System.
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  5. While you’re in there, perform a mic test.
    • Under Microphone, click Test Mic.
    • Say something to your microphone.
    • Whatever you say should be played back to you.
  6. While you’re in there, check that the microphone is not automatically set to mute when you join a meeting.
    • Ensure that the setting Mute my microphone when joining meeting is off.

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Note: By the way, the Meeting Host can mute meeting participants so be sure this is not the case.

Fix #5 – Update Your Audio Drivers

If you’re microphone is still not working with Zoom even after going through the Windows and Zoom solutions above, then you may need to update your device drivers.

Hardware manufactures release new device drivers all the time. This is their way of releasing new product features or new functionality for their devices, as well as fixing any bugs that may have been detected by consumers over use.

How to Update Drivers Manually

Normally, for sound problems you should go your PC manufacturer’s website and install the latest Windows 10 sound drivers available for your laptop or desktop PC. However, if you have a custom PC, or if you built your PC yourself (impressive!), you should probably head to your motherboard manufacturer’s website and download audio drivers from them.

If, like me, you’re using a USB microphone, try to download and install the recent release of USB controller drivers from the manufacturer’s website.

How to Update Drivers Automatically

If you don’t have time or the know-how to properly select, download and install the drivers you need, you can do this process automatically with DriverFinder. (Shameless plug!)

DriverFinder does exactly what its name suggests… instantly find the RIGHT device drivers you need. Once you install DriverFinder, it will automatically recognize your system info and details, as well as all the devices installed or connected to your PC.

It will then compare the drivers installed on your system against our DAILY UPDATED and ever-growing driver database. From here, just download and install the latest audio driver found for your device.

  1. Click here to download and install DriverFinder.
  2. Click Activate to register your copy of DriverFinder.
  3. Click Start Scan to check for new drivers.
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  4. Download and install the latest device drivers recommended for your audio/microphone device.
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Fix # 6 – Quit Other Chat & Teleconferencing Software

You may not realize this but perhaps other apps are on/open and are ‘locking’ the use of your microphone. So if you have Skype, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, etc. installed on your PC, ensure that all of them are completely closed.

  1. Click the up arrow ^ on the Taskbar notification of Windows to see hidden icons.
  2. If you see any chat or teleconferencing app there, right-click it and then click Quit or Sign Out.

Tip: If you want, you can also uninstall all other chat and teleconferencing apps you have installed on your PC to be sure, apart from Zoom of course. Reboot your PC and then perform a mic test again in Zoom.

Fix # 7 – Disable ‘Audio Enhancement’ Settings

Disable ‘Audio Enhancement’ settings for your output.

  1. On the Windows Taskbar, right-click the speaker icon and then click Open Sound Settings.
  2. Under Output, click Device Properties.
  3. In the Device Properties window, click Additional device properties.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. Uncheck Allow hardware acceleration of audio with this device and Enable audio enhancements.
  6. Click OK.

Note: If you don’t see the above settings, look at the options under Exclusive Mode and uncheck those options.

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Disable ‘Audio Enhancement’ settings for your input.

  1. On the Windows Taskbar, right-click the speaker icon and then click Open Sound Settings.
  2. Under Input, click Device Properties.
  3. In the Device Properties window, click Additional device properties.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. Uncheck Enable audio enhancements.
  6. Click OK.

Note: If you don’t see the above settings, look at the options under Exclusive Mode and uncheck those options.

Fix # 8 – Use Your Phone as Your Microphone

If you’re already in a meeting, we understand you’re in a pinch and just want to use any mic ASAP.  In this case, you may want to use your phone as your microphone.

  1. Download the Zoom app on your Android or iPhone.
  2. On your phone, login into your Zoom account.
  3. Go back to the Zoom desktop app.
  4. Click on the arrow next to Mute, and then click Switch to Phone audio.
  5. You will be given a meeting ID and password. Use it to join the meeting on your phone.

I hope this article has helped you with your ‘Zoom mic not working in Windows 10‘ issue. Do let me know below which fix worked for you! If you have any questions, or more suggested fixes please feel free to comment below as well.

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Working from Home During COVID… Your Top Questions Answered

With the coronavirus pandemic making companies implement voluntary or mandatory work-from-home (WFH) arrangements, more and more people are finding that the WFH lifestyle isn’t all it’s hyped up to be.

Following are some of the most common concerns or questions newbie work-from-home workers face and my personal tips on how to deal with them. (Personal tips since I’ve been working-from-home myself for over a decade… and yes, I love it! 😀 )

Working from Home… COVID Style

1. WHERE SHOULD I WORK?

If this is your first major attempt at remote working, you’ll soon realize that there’s an abundance of DISTRACTIONS that you’ve probably never realized before.

Picture it: dogs barking outside, deliveries coming and going, your young children wanting to play with you, your older children arriving from school, other people’s children playing outside, your significant other asking you to help with household chores, the non-stop phone ringing, the pull of Netflix… the list goes on.

So here’s probably the most important tip I can give you… isolate your work space as much as you possibly can! Seriously, create that ‘zone’. It will help you keep your work and home life separate.

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One of the common pitfalls of remote working is that the lines between work life and home life become blurry very, very fast. So you need to establish that boundary right away so that neither your work productivity nor your home life suffers.

If there’s a spare room or if you have some attic space, seize it. Can you transform part of the garage easily? Do it. How about that shed? It may look tiny and slightly dingy, but if weather permits and you can find peace there, why not?

If you don’t have access to a separate space, then consider your own bedroom. Mind you, many remote workers don’t like this option at all because they get sleepy easily seeing a cozy bed nearby. However, considering that this is probably the most ‘unoccupied space’ during the day… it may not be a bad option for you.

A desk in the kitchen, the dining table, a corner of the living room. Sure, any of these options can provide you ‘work space’ but what you need to consider foremost is this: where can you work with minimum distraction? Find that space and use it.

2. WHAT DO I NEED?

Now that you’ve settled on a designated work space at home, it’s time to focus on what you need to properly, effectively, and productively do your job.

First things first; it’s up to your employer to ensure that they have the right infrastructure to support your new work-from-home status. For example, it’s up to the company to ensure that if it’s required, you can easily login to your organization remotely, that you have access to company-used proprietary software, and so on.

However, having said that, YOU should also ensure that you have a fully functioning home workspace.

FOR YOURSELF. These are the things to consider: your desk, your chair, lighting, the devices you need.

Remember that you’re still required to do what you would normally do if you were at the office. As such, an ergonomic desk and chair is crucial. Proper lighting is also important. And of course a desktop or laptop, and a robust internet connection is vital.

Another tip… if you’re using a laptop, consider investing in a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Spending hours hunched over a laptop is not healthy at all!

FOR YOUR JOB. What you need depends on what you need to do. For instance, are you always in meetings? Then ensure that you have the right audio and video software and equipment.

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  • Software. Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc. Find out what teleconferencing software your organization uses and make sure you have it installed, tested, and ready on your end.
  • Equipment. What do you prefer to use during meetings? A robust headset or separate mic and speakers? Figure it out and have them ready before-hand for your online calls.
  • The following are NOT often thought of… BUT CRUCIAL!

Security: You’ll probably be doing A LOT of stuff online for your work. Now, you may say you’re not a caveman and have been online for years so you know how to be secure, but still… being online for personal reasons is very different from when you also need to do work-related stuff.

Remember, your laptop or desktop will most likely need to connect to your organization. So it’s best to be safe and secure. This goes both ways. You don’t want any personal stuff on your devices to be unknowingly shared to your organization, do you? And since so many people are accessing company digital resources, you also don’t want anything accidentally entering your system. For this purpose, you need a really good antivirus (AV) software.

IF you already have an AV installed, great!
IF you’re using a free version, you may want to upgrade to a paid one as it has more robust features.
IF you haven’t done a full scan recently, do it now.

Functionality: Now is not the time to have a slow working laptop or computer, or one that freezes while you’re in the middle of doing something.

Invest in a simple pc cleaning utility. If you don’t want to splurge just yet, here’s a free pc cleaner you can try first.

As for online meetings, you don’t want to be the one everybody waits for, right?

no-audio-no-video“Can you guys see me?”
“Sorry guys, I can’t hear you.”
“What? There’s an echo?”

Poor audio or video quality during meetings is often due to outdated or corrupt audio and/or video drivers. Download a driver update tool and update your device drivers so that you’re ready for online meetings anytime.

ASK for what you need. You may find that you don’t have everything you need for an optimal work-from-home setup. So why not ask your boss/organization for some help?

The coronavirus pandemic is a very trying time for all of us. We’re all adapting and you may just be surprised at how much support your company is capable of providing.

For instance, they may allow for that high-end computer setup you have at work to be transferred to your home for the time being. They may be willing to provide a top-of-the-line headset for you, or send IT staff to ensure you’re all properly setup at home. If you need to drastically increase your bandwidth and purchase work-related software, perhaps the company is willing to shoulder some of this expense.

You’ll never know until you ask… so… ask!

3. HOW DO I GET ANY WORK DONE AT HOME?

I’ve got three words for you. Schedule. Routine. Discipline.

  • Create a work schedule. What time do you normally start and end work? 9AM-5PM? If you’re used to this and don’t want to change it then establish this as your work schedule.

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And here’s what’s important: ensure that family members are aware of your work schedule too and that they respect and follow it.

  • Establish a work routine. What triggers ‘work mode’ for you? For me, for the past 12 years of working from home, this is how I start: I wake up, do yoga, have breakfast, grab a big mug of coffee and then go to my home office. The coffee ritual is what signals the start of my work day.

I tend to handle emails, communication, and other admin-related stuff at the start of my work day. My goal is usually to CLOSE my inbox (i.e., not check emails) before lunch.

During work hours, if my personal mobile phone rings, unless it’s an emergency, I DON’T pick it up. I take small but regular breaks, and at least 1x a week, I take a really long walk after lunch.

I work till about 5-ish, and then I get up and get active or workout. This can be a lazy, low-impact, 15-min Pilates or stretch routine, or a full-on hour of cardio. For me, this ‘get up and get active’ thing is my end of work day trigger.

Figure out your own routine. You can apply what you normally do if you were still going to the office but why not seize this opportunity to change your daily regimen? All up to you!

  • Have the discipline to stick to the above. It may be a bit hard at first but the more you stick to your work schedule and routine, the easier it will be to truly work from home. Sure, a little flexibility can occur but do your best to follow your own work from home setup. If YOU stick to your schedule, then others will respect your boundaries.

4. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO STAY RELEVANT AT WORK?

This is a VERY COMMON concern for many employees new to the work-from-home scenario. And it’s a legit concern. When you’re at work, you’re physically seen and can even create opportunities for yourself to stand out and be heard. This is a tad more difficult to do if you’re isolated.

So, how do you ensure you stay on the office radar? A few tips…

  • Be active in the virtual office. The new normal of working from home usually means being linked to the office through social apps like Slack, Basecamp, Skype, or even through your company’s own internally developed project management software.

When logged into these apps, don’t just be a lurker in there… participate. Ask questions, get direction, give direction, etc. In short, contribute to the group to stay relevant in the group.

  • The virtual lunch. Sitting is the new smoking so desk lunches should normally be avoided, but… perhaps a once or twice a week ‘desktop lunch’ or ‘virtual working lunch’ is not bad to ensure that your very much a part of the team.

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  • Step up. If you’ve been holding back and not recommending something at work, now is NOT the time to do this.

For example, say a particular task required 5 steps. But with everyone at home, using different devices and setups, this has now become a long and tedious 8 steps… voice this concern to the group and offer up possible ways to improve the process.

  • Be ‘physically distant’ but ‘socially connected’. The COVID pandemic requires physical distancing but that doesn’t mean you need to ghost your co-workers completely. So stay in touch.

For instance, after an online meeting, ask a colleague to stay on the line and simply catch up. Ask how working from home is for him/her; share your experiences and just connect as you normally would if you were face-to-face with someone.

5. HOW DO I DEAL WITH THE LONELINESS?

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When I started working from home over a decade ago, it was all about the appeal of ‘working in your pajamas’, ‘ditching the alarm clock’, ‘coffee breaks all day, every day’, and so on. I’m lucky because it was a work lifestyle that suited my personality, I had the discipline for it, and my type of work was easily adaptable to the work-from-home culture.

However, this is NOT the case for everyone. With the COVID pandemic, a lot of people were truly shocked at how LONELY working from home can be.

In fact, a Buffer report done in 2019 called the State of Remote Work showed that loneliness is the second highest challenge remote workers faced. So what to do?

  • CALL that person. We all have that ‘someone’ we always intend to call or stay in touch with… but somehow never do. Now is the time to reach out.

Remember, we’re all feeling the effects of this pandemic so chances are your call will be much appreciated. Start by reaching out to family members, especially the elderly (and most COVID-vulnerable) ones, and work your way to friends, and colleagues.

Getting on the phone and having a full on conversation too much for you? No sweat. Just send a quick email or leave a short voice message.

  • SLOW DOWN. One thing that most people agree on during this pandemic is that it’s a reminder to slow down. Instead of feeling loneliness, try and look at it as an opportunity to be quiet; a time to reflect, re-focus and re-energize.

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  • Focus on your mental and physical well-being. Now is a great time to get fit, mentally and/or physically. Read that book you’ve been wanting to read; join that online course you feel will improve your skills; start that fitness routine you always wanted to try. Whatever it is, it’s a great time to focus on YOU.
  • Help others. There’s a joy and special kind of fulfillment that comes with helping others. And no, help does not necessarily mean grand, expensive gestures.

Here’s some ideas: de-clutter your home and donate; support front liners by sponsoring lunch packs; clear your pantry and donate to a local food drive; if you’re tech savvy, help colleagues starting to work from home by becoming a volunteer ‘Work-from-Home Transition Officer’; volunteer to work for a crisis hotline or do some volunteer online tutoring; cook/bake at home and give them away to family/friends who are struggling.

I hope I’ve helped you ease into the work-from-home lifestyle during these pandemic times. The world may be slowly re-opening now but it seems that remote working will still be the norm for many months to come (at least), so why not embrace it? Who knows, you may end up loving it after all 😉