Diskpart is a command-line partition manager that can create partitions, delete partitions, and do other tasks on Windows operating systems and ReactOS.
Here we focus on how to delete partitions using Diskpart on Windows 10 and introduces two reliable Diskpart alternatives – Disk Management and MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Diskpart Delete Partition
What are the precautions of deleting a partition using Diskpart? How to delete a partition using Diskpart? Scroll down to find the precautions and the tutorial.
Precautions of Diskpart Delete Partition
Running the “delete partition” command or the “delete partition override” command through Diskpart removes a partition quickly. So, before running each of the commands, please create a backup of the important files on the partition that will be removed.
Once finish file backup, you can run the command “delete partition” or “delete partition override” to remove a partition from your disk.
The command “delete partition” is to remove the simple partition immediately, while the command “delete partition override” is to delete a hidden partition or system-protected partition. This is the difference between the two commands. But they have one thing in common– they cannot delete a system partition, boot partition, or any partition that contains the active paging file or crash dump information.
These are the precautions of using “Diskpart delete partition”, and please keep them in your mind before using “Diskpart delete partition”.
Delete Partition Using Diskpart
Here is the tutorial on deleting the partition using Diskpart.
Step 1: Open the Diskpart utility.
- Right-click the Windows Start menu and choose the Run option.
- Once the Run dialogue opens, input cmd and hit the Enter key to open Command Prompt.
- Inside the Command Prompt window, input diskpart and hit the Enter key.
- On the User Account Control window, click the Yes button.
Step 2: Type the command list disk and hit the Enter key to load your disks.
Step 3: Type the command select disk * (* refers to the disk number) and hit the Enter key to select the disk that contains the partition you want to remove.
Step 4: Type the command list partition and hit the Enter key to list all the partitions on the selected disk.
Step 5: Type the command select partition # (# refers to the partition number) and the Enter key to select the partition you want to delete.
Note: You can tell the partition from others based on its size.
Step 6: Type the command delete partition or delete partition override and hit the Enter key to remove the partition.
Step 7: Once you see the message saying “Diskpart successfully deleted the selected partitions”, you can type the command Exit and hit the Enter key to close the Diskpart utility.
Now go to your File Explorer and the partition should not exist on the window, and you can go on with what you want to do. (The tutorial on how to use Diskpart to change drive letter and other Windows 10 tips can be found here).
Diskpart Alternatives: Disk Management and MiniTool Partition Wizard
You might have found that it is possible to delete a wrong partition using Diskpart. Are there any Diskpart alternatives that can delete a partition without such risk? Of course, there are many such Diskpart alternatives, and here mainly recommends Disk Management and MiniTool Partition Wizard. Both are free and reliable to use.
Disk Management is a built-in utility with a graphical interface on Windows 10. It is easy and safe to delete a partition using the utility.
Here is how to use it:
Step 1: Open Disk Management.
- Right-click the Windows Start menu.
- Choose the Disk Management option.
- Right-click the partition to be deleted and then choose the Delete Volume feature.
- Click the Yes button to confirm the operation.
This is how to delete a partition using the first Diskpart alternative — Disk Management. Scroll down to see how to delete a partition using the second Diskpart alternative.
MiniTool Partition Wizard
When the Delete Volume is unavailable in Disk Management, you can try MiniTool Partition Wizard. It is a partition manager, safe and reliable. It can delete a partition in three steps, and they are:
Step 1: Get MiniTool Partition Wizard from its official website, install it, and launch it.
Step 2: Once the software opens, select the partition to be deleted and then choose the Delete Partitionfeature from the left panel.
Step 3: Before clicking the Apply button to execute the operation, please check the pending process on the left panel to avoid mistaken deletion.
Now the partition is removed and the unallocated space comes back. If you want to continue to expand a partition, you can also try the software, the Extend Partition feature of which can make the extending process much easier.
Using “Diskpart delete partition” removes a partition quickly, but there is a high chance of mistaken deletion. So, for security, it is highly recommended to use Disk Management and MiniTool Partition Wizard – the two Diskpart alternatives are safe and easy to delete a partition.