The Windows operating system allows users to manage partitions by themselves. Therefore, users can delete one partition and expand another partition. In this article, we'd like to introduce three free and easy methods to delete partitions on Windows 11/10.
The common demands for deleting a partition in Windows 11/10 are usually as follows:
- Delete a data storage partition that is unnecessary
- Delete a recovery partition on a computer or laptop
- Delete EFI system partition in Windows 11/10
- Delete a partition during Windows 11/10 installation
- Delete the unallocated partition in Windows 11/10/8/7
Whenever you need to remove a partition in Windows 11/10, you can start with any one of the three ways within this page:
Note: All methods mentioned will erase the data stored in the partition. Back up your important data before proceeding. Then, follow the step-by-step guide to remove any unwanted partition and reallocate your Windows 11/10 disk space.
Applies to: delete data partition, recovery partition, or EFI partition in Windows 11/10; delete all partitions one time
If you delete the partition in order to expand other partitions. Then the free hard drive partitioning software - EaseUS Partition Master Free would be a better choice. It is an all-in-one partition management tool that supports users to delete and resize partitions with ease. Compared with the diskpart method, it's able to delete one or more partitions at a time, yet is more user-friendly, without requiring a solid computer skill.
Now download EaseUS Partition Master and follow the detailed guide below.
Guide: How to delete partition in Windows 11/10
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.
After doing so, you can enlarge other disks or do more operations using EaseUS Partition Master for free.
The following video tutorial shows how to partition a hard drive with EaseUS Partition Master, including how to resize, create, delete a partition and extend the C drive.
Applies to: remove data storage drive like D, E, F in a Windows 11/10 computer; delete one partition each time
To remove partitions in Windows 11/10 using Disk Management, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Search "Disk Management" at the Start Menu.
Step 2: Right-click the drive or partition by clicking "Delete Volume" in the Disk Management panel.
Step 3: Select "Yes" to continue the removal process. Then you've successfully deleted or removed your Windows 11/10 disk.
After doing so, the deleted partition becomes unallocated space. You can apply further operations to the unallocated space.
Applies to: delete data partition, recovery partition, or EFI partition in Windows 11/10 (require a recovery disk); delete all partitions one time
Here is the step-by-step guide for deleting partition in Diskpart:
Step 1: Press the "Windows" + "R" key simultaneously to bring up the Run box. Type cmd and hit Enter.
Step 2: Type the following commands each after to delete a partition from your computer.
- list disk
- selected disk #
- list partition
- select partition #
- delete partition
Step 3: Type exit to close the Command Prompt window.
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Bonus Tip - Can't Delete Partition During Windows 11/10 Installation
Can't delete a partition in Windows 11/10? It's because you're attempting to delete a protected partition using the default Disk Management, like a C drive, boot drive, recovery drive, or an OEM partition. When you can't delete a partition Windows 11/10 install, you can try solutions as follows.
Step 1: Boot up with Windows installation media (USB/DVD).
Step 2: On the first screen. Press SHIFT + F10 and type the below commands:
- select disk 0
Step 3: Continue with Installation, select custom, select the unallocated partition then click Next (Do not create partition/format. Let Windows create the needed partitions.
Step 4: When prompted for a product key. Click on "I don't have the product key" or "Skip this step".
On this page, we discovered and provided 3 reliable methods to assist all type of Windows 10 and Windows 11 users to delete partitions using EaseUS Partition Master, Disk Management and DiskPart.
Among the three methods, for Windows beginners, we suggest that you turn to EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition for help. It's free and simple to execute the operation in just a few simple clicks.
For experienced users, you can either take Disk Management or Diskpart as reliable tool to delete partitions on Windows 10/11 computers.
FAQs About Removing or Delete Partitions in Windows 11/10
Some of you may have further questions about removing or deleting partitions on Windows PC. Follow the listed questions below, and you may find desired answers here:
1. How do I remove a disk partition?
To simplify the process, here we'll show you how to remove a disk partition using EaseUS Partition Master. Here are the steps:
- Launch EaseUS Partition Master on your PC.
- Right-click on the target partition that you tend to remove and select 'Delete'.
- Click 'Yes' and execute the task.
2. Why can't I delete a partition in Disk Management?
The reasons of why you can't delete a partition in Disk Management could be various. It could be one of the following reasons:
- The target partition is OS drive (and Windows OS doesn't all you deleting the system drive).
- The page files contain specific information in RAM.
- The target partition contains some virtual memory files.
- USB contains a second partition and it cannot be deleted.
If you need further help, refer to this tutorial as a guide: Delete Volume Greyed Out.
3. How do I remove a partition from my SSD Windows 10?
Here we'll show you how to delete a partition on SSD with Disk Management in Windows 10:
- Open Disk Management and locate the target partition you tend to delete on SSD.
- Back up all valuable files from the SSD disk at first.
- Right-click on the SSD partition and select 'Delete Volume...'.
- Click 'OK' to confirm.
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