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Solve! Cannot Delete A Protected Partition Without the Force Protected Parameter Set

Updated by Roxanne on Nov 17, 2022
Diskpart - Can't delete a partition without the force protected parameter set. Following on from my previous question I have been trying to use Diskpart - with the following results...Is my disk locked in a permanent way or is this something I can easily address without additional tools?

To solve the error:

Fix the Error Using the Diskpart
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What are the Reasons for "Cannot Delete A Protected Partition Without the Force Protected Parameter Set" Error?

The cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set error can occur for several reasons. First, the partition may be actually protected by a lock or other security measure, such as the recovery partition. In this case, you will need to use the force-protected parameter to delete the partition. Alternatively, it is also possible that the partition is not truly empty. Even if no files are visible, there may be hidden system files preventing you from deleting the partition. In this case, you can use Disk Cleanup to remove any hidden files and then try deleting the partition again. Finally, it is also possible that the partition is corrupted and cannot be deleted. In this case, you will need to use a tool like EaseUS Partition Master to format the partition and then try deleting it again.

Fix the Error Using the Diskpart

Generally, Diskpart only lets you delete known data partitions. To delete the recovery partition, you should use the override parameter command.

The command line can be a powerful tool, but it can also be dangerous if misused. Issuing the wrong command can delete vital files or cause other damage to your system. For this reason, it is essential to be careful when using the command line, and only issue commands you are sure of.

Step 1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box. Type diskpart and click OK.

Step 2. Then you open the Diskpart utility and type the following commands:

list disk (It will list all disks.)

select disk X (Select the disk you want to delete the partition. X stands for the disk number.)

list partition 

select partition X (On the list of partitions, identify the partition you want to delete.)

delete partition override


delete partition override

Video Tutorial - Diskpart Force Delete Partition

You can check the video guide to force delete partition with Diskpart.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Partition Manager".

Make sure that you've backed up the important data before deleting any partition on your disk.

Step 2. Select to delete partition or delete all partitions on hard drive.

  • Delete single partition: right-click on a partition that you want to delete and choose "Delete".
  • Delete all partitions: right-click a hard drive that you want to delete all partitions, and select "Delete All".

Step 3. Click "Yes" to confirm the deletion.

Step 4. Click "Execute xx Task" and then click "Apply" to save the change.

0:00 - 0:26 Delete single volumes; 0:27 - 0:53 Delete all partitions.

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In conclusion, it is impossible to delete a protected partition without setting the force protected parameter, and doing so could result in data loss or other issues. You can finish it by using override parameter in Diskpart or running the third-party software - EaseUS Partition Master.

People Also Ask

Can not delete the protected partition without force?

Fix the error using the Diskpart Override Parameter:

1. Search the Command Prompt on the search box. Click to open it.

2. Type the following commands:


list disk

select disk N

list partition 

select partition N

delete partition override


How do I force a protected folder to delete?

Use the Shift + Delete button to delete files or folders permanently.

Why can I not delete partitions?

You are not alone if you have ever tried to delete a partition only to receive an error message. Many users are surprised to learn that they cannot delete partitions in the usual way. This is because partitions are created at the factory and can only be deleted by special software. In most cases, this software is only available from the computer manufacturer. While it is possible to delete partitions using other methods, doing so can cause problems with your computer's operating system. For these reasons, it is generally best to leave partitions intact unless you are sure you know what you are doing.

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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