To get more free space, it is important to delete a drive partition that you deem is no longer useful. At times while doing some practices on the disk management, you are bound to create hard drive partitions, which are usually uncalled for. And there comes at time when you really need to have one, either you want to install a virtual machine, as a result, you ought to free up some space so that you can have one on your system. Well there is no need to worry, as you can easily delete a drive partition, either using command prompt or just from the disk management.
Lets start with what most people prefer;
Delete a Drive Partition from the Disk Management
Follow the steps below and you are good to go;
Step 1. Open Disk Management
You can get to disk management section either by right clicking on Windows start button or rather typing create on your search, then selecting the one for create and format hard drive partitions box.
Step 2. Right click on the partitions
On the partition you want to delete, right click on it to get the option to delete.
Step 3. Delete the Partition
Hit on delete then confirm to erase all data on it. This will get the partition deleted and you will have more unallocated space on your drive.
Delete Hard Drive Partition from the Command Prompt
The process of deleting the partition using the command prompt is quite easy, check below;
Step 1. Open Command Prompt
Just type cmd on your search box and click on open as administrator. Then type
Step 2. List Volume
List the volumes that are available, then select the one you want to delete; i.e volume 1. To list, type
list volume command.
Step 3. Select the Volume
Once you have identified the drive partition you want to delete, select the volume by using
select volume 1 command. If volume 1 is the one you want to get rid of, it could be 2, 3 or any other you have.
Step 4. Delete Volume
Once you have selected the volume to delete in the step above, you can delete the volume by typing the command
delete volume, there is no need to specify since you had already selected in step 3.
The whole process is shown below as it unravels, once you have deleted, you can confirm by typing the command,
list volume so as to make sure it really is gone;
C:\Windows\system32>diskpart Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.18362.1171 Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. On computer: DESKTOP-17AI25Q DISKPART> list volume Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- -------- Volume 0 C NTFS Partition 159 GB Healthy Boot Volume 1 D New Volume NTFS Partition 29 GB Healthy Volume 2 NTFS Partition 450 MB Healthy Hidden Volume 3 FAT32 Partition 100 MB Healthy System DISKPART> select Volume 1 Volume 1 is the selected volume. DISKPART> delete volume DiskPart successfully deleted the volume. DISKPART> list volume Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- -------- Volume 0 C NTFS Partition 159 GB Healthy Boot Volume 2 NTFS Partition 450 MB Healthy Hidden Volume 3 FAT32 Partition 100 MB Healthy System
Whatever the method you chose to use, you will be able to successfully delete a drive partition easily.