In order to store data in an organized manner, operating systems now give you a feature to create separate partitions out of your HDD or SSD based storage. Microsoft has always been supporting this small yet powerful feature.
But many times, you may fill up on some particular partition very soon. This results in the lack of space for that partition and hence makes the entire process of using your computer slower as a large chunk of files are to be indexed in a smaller partition. So for this, either you need to delete other partitions to allocate their storage to your partition that is short on storage or just recreate the partition so that all the useless data is deleted and you can start afresh with the overflowing partition.
So, today we will be discussing how to delete any storage partition from your Windows 11/10 computer using Disk Management, Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell.
Delete a Volume or Drive Partition in Windows 11/10
To delete a volume or drive partition in Windows 11/10, follow these methods:
- Using Disk Management
- Using Command Prompt
- Using Windows PowerShell
To learn more about these ways, continue reading.
1] Using Disk Management
This one is simple. From the WinX Menu, open Disk Management, select the Drive you want to delete, right-click on it and then click on Delete Volume.
2] Using the Command Prompt
Start by pressing WINKEY + X button combo or right-click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (Admin) or just search for cmd in the Cortana search box, right-click on the Command Prompt icon and click on Run as Administrator.
Now, type in the following command,
This will start the Diskpart Utility. It is a command-line based utility just like the Command Prompt but will get a UAC Prompt once you invoke it. You have to click on Yes for the UAC Prompt.
Then, type in,
This will list all the partitions created on your computer. This will include both types of partitions that are visible to a normal user in the File Explorer and also the ones created by default by Windows 10 that help it to store the boot files and other important system files.
Now you will get a list of the partitions that are made on your computer.
Select the partition that you wish to delete by its Unique Identification number as Volume X where X denotes the Unique Identification Number.
Now, type in the following command to select the desired volume,
select volume number
Now, to delete the volume you just selected, type in the following command,
Now, this will delete the volume you just selected and convert it into unallocated space.
3] Using Windows PowerShell
First of all, start by pressing WINKEY + X button combo or right-click on the Start button and click on Windows PowerShell (Admin) or just search for Windows PowerShell in the Cortana search box, right-click on the Command Prompt icon and click on Run as Administrator.
Now, type in the following command to get a list of all the partitions on your computer,
Now, just select the drive letter that you wish to delete.
And then, enter the following command to delete that particular partition,
Replace with the letter of the partition that you wish to delete.
It will then ask you for confirmation. Hit Y to say Yes or hit A to say Yes to All.
It will delete the partition you just selected and will move it in as unallocated space.
This is how you delete a Volume or Drive Partition in Windows 11/10. We would only recommend the user to follow the last two methods in case the usual method with Disk Management is unable to fulfill the user’s requirements.
How do I delete all hard drive volumes?
To delete all hard drive volumes or format a hard disk, you can use the Disk Management panel in Windows 11/10. You need to use the Format option available in the context menu. For precautions, you must backup all the important data to another drive.
How do you remove a partition on a hard drive?
You can use Disk Management, Command Prompt, and Windows PowerShell to remove a partition on a hard drive. If you use the Disk Management panel, you need to use the Format option in the context menu after selecting the hard drive. Whether it is an HDD or an SSD, the method is the same.
Read next: How to create New, Resize, Extend Partition using Disk Management Tool.