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How to Remove Partition on External Hard Drive in Windows 10

Updated on Nov 30, 2018 by Jean to Partition Manager

Summary:
You can quickly remove partitions on an external hard drive in Windows 10 via Disk Management, Windows Command Prompt and third-party partition manager software.

The guide of external hard drive partition removal in Windows 10 applies to all the people who have the demands similar to the following examples.

1. Try to partition a new external hard drive into several chunks.
2. Windows asks you to delete a partition on an external hard drive for a clean install.
3. Remove all the external hard drive partitions before sending it away.
4. Can't delete external hard drive partitions in your way.

We cannot think of all the scenarios of deleting a partition or partitions on an external hard drive in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista or even in Windows Server, however, this post almost covers all the possible solutions you could find on the internet. So, just read on and pick up one to make it manageable for you.

Tip: Prepare an external hard drive enclosure so that you can put the drive in it and plug it into your Windows 10 computer. Make sure that your Windows 10 computer recognizes your external drive and assigns it a drive letter.

Solution 1. Windows 10 Disk Management

Step 1. Open Windows 10 Disk Management program. You got three easiest ways to go.

  • Navigate to This PC -> Manage -> Disk Management.
  • Enter diskmgmt.msc in the lower-left search box and click diskmgmt in the list.
  • Press Windows + R to open Run -> type diskmgmt.msc in the empty box and tap OK.

Step 2. Locate the external hard drive in the Disk Management interface, right-click on the partition you don't want anymore and select Delete Volume...

select delete volume to delete a partition on external hard drive in windows 10 disk management

Step 3. Click Yes to permit Windows 10 to delete the selected partition the external hard drive.

After the operation, your deleted partition will turn to unallocated space without a drive letter o it.

Solution 2. Windows 10 Command Prompt

Step 1. Press Windows + X to invoke a list where you can find Command Prompt (Admin). Click it to open the Windows 10 Command Prompt window.

Step 2. Type the following command lines each after and press enter.

diskpart
list disk (all your hard disks will appear, and they are listed as disk 0, disk 1, disk 2...)
select disk + number (for example, select disk 1 if your external hard drive is disk 1)
list partition (all your external hard drive partitions will appear)
select partition + number (for example, select partition 1 if you are trying to delete partition 1 on your external hard drive)
delete partition

delete a partition on an external hard drive in windows 10 using cmd

After putting all those demands, you can delete the partition off from your external hard drive completely.

Solution 3. EaseUS Partition Master Free

Click the download button to download EaseUS Partition Master Free. It's a free partition manager that comes with tons of hard drive partition management features.

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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

The recommended three ways are all feasible and helpful if you are trying to remove a partition on an external hard drive or delete a partition on a USB flash drive/memory card in Windows 10. But you may bare one thing in mind.

EaseUS Partition Master Free has many disk/partition management features, such as format a partition and creates a partition, which you can put them to use in the future.