How to delete partition on Windows 11 or Windows 10

If you need to delete a regular partition on a storage device using Windows 10 or Windows 11, there is a built-in Windows tool that is designed to do just that: Disk Management.

Before we continue, let's make sure we are on the same page. In simple terms, a partition is a portion of a storage device that can have its own drive letter to be listed in the This PC folder. A storage device can have just one partition that uses all available space of the device, or there could be several partitions on the same storage device, each having a separate drive letter and appearing as a separate storage location in the This PC folder. You can use Disk Management tool to see the current partitions that your computer has, to create new partitions, delete existing ones, format and change the drive letters assigned to the partitions, and more.

Also, a WARNING: deleting a partition erases all files and folders that it currently contains, if any, and this operation cannot be reversed without using special data recovery tools. Before you delete a partition, double check that it has no important files you want to keep. (Use File Explorer to examine the contents of the partition before deleting it.)

How to delete a partition using Disk Management

  1. Right-click on the Start button and choose Disk Management from the menu. )

Open Disk Manager by right-clicking on the Start button

If you use an older version of Windows that does not have Disk Management on its right-click menu, you can locate it by clicking the Start button and searching for Disk Management.

  1. Locate the drive in the list, right-click on the partition you want to delete, and choose Delete Volume:

Right-click on the partition to be deleted and choose Delete.

  1. Press Yes to confirm the delete operation.

Confirm that it's OK to delete the partition and erase all data on it.

The procedure described above is easy, if the partition to be deleted is a regular one. Some partitions, however, are protected by the operating system from being deleted: if you right-click on such a partition with Disk Management, they don't have the Delete Volume command on the right-click menu. Don't despair, though, such partitions can be deleted using another tool offered by Windows, DISKPART External link . See the article Force DISKPART to delete EFI system partition in Windows for the detailed description of the procedure.

Happy disk managing!

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