Two ways of deleting a partition, in Windows, without third-party apps
Windows offers more apps and tools than most users know how to use. If you need to delete a partition or a disk, you do not have to install third-party apps for this task, like EaseUS Partition Master. You can use Windows and the apps that it offers for managing disks and partitions. Here is how to delete any partition, using Windows tools like Disk Management, the Command Prompt or PowerShell:
NOTE: This procedure works the same in all versions of Windows.
How to delete a partition from Windows, using Disk Management
First, start Disk Management. Find the partition that you want to remove, and right-click on it (or tap and hold, if you are using a touchscreen). You can do this in the list of volumes on the top side of the Disk Management window.
You can also do the same thing in the list of disks and partitions shown on the bottom of the Disk Management window. In the right-click menu, choose Delete Volume.
The "Delete simple volume" prompt is shown, warning you that the deletion erases all the data on the selected partition. Before pressing Yes to continue, make sure that you have backed up all the important data that you have on the partition, because it is going to be deleted.
After a few seconds, Disk Management deletes the selected partition. You can now see it marked as unallocated, just like in the screenshot below.
Close Disk Management and you are done.
How to delete a partition from Windows, using PowerShell or Command Prompt, and the diskpart tool
If you are a fan of the command-line, you can use both the Command Prompt and PowerShell. Start the app you prefer, and type the following commands, followed by Enter:
- diskpart - the command starts the disk partitioning tool.
- list volume - lists all the volumes (partitions) that exist on your Windows computer or device. Identify the volume number of the partition that you want to remove. Look for it in the Volume ### column.
- select volume # - replace # with the actual number of the partition that you want to delete. In our example below, we typed "select volume 3" because we wanted to remove the partition with the letter E, and the volume number 3.
- delete partition - this command deletes the partition with the number you selected previously.
The selected partition is deleted. You can close the Command Prompt or PowerShell, depending on what you have used. If you want to know more about the diskpart command-line tool, and how to use it in Windows to manage partitions and disks, read this tutorial: Command Prompt - 6 disk management commands you should know.
What is next for the deleted partition?
After you delete a partition in Windows, its space is marked as unallocated, meaning that it is there and it is not used. You can use this unallocated space to extend the size of another partition; you can delete another partition and then combine it with the previously deleted one to create a new larger partition, etc. The choice is yours, depending on your needs. Before closing this tutorial, let us know if all worked well for you, and if you have questions, comment below.