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How to Delete a Partition on a USB Drive in Windows 10?

Updated on Nov 29, 2018 by Jean to Partition Manager

Summary:
Failed to delete a partition on a USB flash drive in Windows 10 due to 'diskpart cannot delete partition on removable media' error? Instead of diskpart utility, you can try EaseUS easy partition tool to delete a whole partition off from USB drive or combine any two partitions into one without much effort.

How to Use Diskpart to Delete a Partition on a USB Drive in Windows 10

Diskpart utility in Windows 10 facilitates disk partition management so that it's widely applied by Windows users. For instance, a Windows 10 users are now asking how to delete a partition on a USB drive, and following is his story.

"I have a 16GB Kingston flash drive that was accidentally partitioned, so now the drive has split into two partitions, with 7.3GB each. Tried to delete partitions and combine the two partitions into one with Disk Management but failed. How can I work out the problem?"

Sometimes, Windows 10 Disk Management program's delete volume option greyed out, which prevents users from deleting the selected partition. At this moment, you can turn to the Diskpart utility in Windows 10.

Step 1. Press Windows  + R simultaneously, type cmd, click "OK" to open an elevated command prompt.

Step 2. Type diskpart and hit enter.

Step 3. Type list disk. Soon diskpart will list all the hard drives on your computer, including your USB flash drive that is connecting with the computer. Assuming that your USB flash drive is drive G:.

Step 4. Type select disk G and hit enter.

Step 5. If there are one more partitions on the flash drive and you wish to delete some of them, now type list partition and hit enter. There should list all the partitions, numbered as 0, 1, 2...

Step 6. Type select partition 0 and hit enter.

Step 7. Type delete partition and hit enter.

Step 8. Repeat step 6 and step 7 to delete partition 1 or 2...

Step 9. After deleting all the target partitions, type create partition primary and hit enter.

Step 10. Exit the command prompt. You can go back to Computer and follow the wizard to format the partition.

use diskpart to delete partition on usb drive in windows 10

Doing as the guide instructed, there should be a single and unified partitioned USB flash drive.

How to Use EaseUS Partition Master to Delete a Partition on a USB Drive in Windows 10

Don't have confidence in using Command Prompt well? Some people with little technical background are trying to avoid diskpart utility because they think it's too complicated. More importantly, they're afraid of making trouble with the command and doing damage to their hard drive data.

And, there is another reason that you have to give up diskpart command utility, which is an error called 'diskpart cannot delete a partition on removable media'.

Why not choose a third-party free partition manager? For example, EaseUS Partition Master. It's a diskpart like software that provides functions including delete partition, format partition, hide partition, wipe partition, copy partition, combine/merge partitions into one. Also, it goes fully compatible with Windows 10 and has advanced partition management features that are unavailable in diskpart utility, such as migrate os to HDD/SSD.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Notice:
1. Connect your SD card, USB or external hard drive to PC before the deletion.
2. Save important data from the external storage device to another secure location in advance.
 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master on your PC

On the main interface, right-click on the partition of the SD card, USB or external hard drive and select "Delete".

Delete partition on external storage device

Step 2: Confirm the deletion

Click "OK" to confirm that you need to delete the partition on the selected device.

Confirm to delete partition on the external storage device

Step 3: Keep changes

Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top corner and save all changes by clicking "Apply".

Compelete deleting partition on SD/US/external hard drive

Which Way Do You Prefer When Trying to Delete Partition off from USB Drive in Windows 10

Reading through the article, which way do you prefer when trying to delete the partition on a USB flash drive in Windows 10? Both are free methods that provide a perfect solution for users to manage their HDD, SSD or external USB flash drive, pen drive and memory card in Windows 10, however, regarding ease of use, the third-party partition software seems to be outstanding.