In discussions about managing partitions in Windows 10, it’s not uncommon to see people asking about how to delete partitions in Windows 10. If your PC runs on Windows 10, you could delete partitions via Settings, Disk Management, Command Prompt and PowerShell. New to Windows 10 and have a hard time deleting partitions on your own? Then this article could help you out.
Deleting Partitions In Windows 10: Summary
- Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, select System and choose Storage.
- Step 2: Hit Manage Disks and Volumes then expand the disk that contains the partition you want to delete.
- Step 3: Click the partition you want to delete, pick Properties and hit Delete under Format.
- Step 4: Proceed to hit Delete Volume to confirm your decision.
- Step 5: Restart your computer.
Via Disk Management
- Step 1: Press Windows key, type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Disk Management.
- Step 2: Right-click the partition you want to delete then pick Delete Volume.
- Step 3: Hit Yes to confirm your decision and restart your computer.
Via Command Prompt
- Step 1: Press Windows key, type cmd and hit Run as administrator.
- Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), run the commands down below.
- list volume
- Step 3: Note down the number of the partition you want to delete. Next, run the command select volume # in Command Prompt (Admin). Remember to substitute the number you noted down earlier for # in the command. After you finish, run the command delete volume to delete the partition. Last but not least, restart your computer.
- Step 1: Press Windows key, type PowerShell and hit Run as administrator.
- Step 2: In PowerShell (Admin), run the command Get-Volume then note down the letter of the partition you want to delete.
- Step 3: Proceed to run the command Remove-Partition -DriveLetter “#” in PowerShell (Admin). Keep in mind that you must substitute the letter you noted down earlier for # in the command.
- Step 4: Type Y to confirm your decision.
- Step 5: Restart your computer.
Disk Management In Windows 10: Guidelines
- Scan and clean your disk from time to time.
- Set Defragment and Optimize Drives to automatically run every week.
- If you have money to spend and speed is a priority to you, use SSD instead of HDD.
What Must Be Done To Partition Hard Drive
- Step 1: Open Disk Management, right-click the drive you want to partition and pick Shrink Volume.
- Step 2: Enter your preferred volume (Windows is going to let you know the maximum amount of space you can split off) then hit Shrink.
- Step 3: Go to the Unallocated space section, right-click it and pick New Simple Volume. Follow on-screen instructions and your partition would be ready before long.
Note: While choosing the format, you should go for NTFS if you could help it but regarding flash drivers, FAT32 works best.
“We Couldn’t Create A New Partition”: Solutions
“We couldn’t create a new partition” is one of the errors that could pop up during installing Windows 10. To solve that error, you should disconnect external drives then install Windows again. In the case the error persists, you must make the partition active by going through these steps:
Note: The following process involves deleting files in the selected disk so it’s strongly recommended that you create a backup in advance.
- Step 1: Close the setup, go back to the Windows installation screen and hit Repair your computer.
- Step 2: Select Troubleshoot then choose Command Prompt.
- Step 3: Run the commands down below in Command Prompt:
- list disk
- Step 4: Note down the number of your disk then run the command select disk # in Command Prompt. substitute the number you noted down earlier for # in the command.
- Step 5: Proceed to run these commands in Command Prompt to clean the selected disk and make it primary:
- create partition primary
- Step 6: Continue to run the following command in Command Prompt to activate, format to NTFS and assign the disk.
- format fs=ntfs quick
- Step 7: Close Command Prompt, reinstall Windows and witness the result.
The Way To Format A Partition
Open Disk Management, right-click the partition you want to format and pick one of the following options: File system: NTFS, Allocation unit size: Default and Volume label: New volume. If the disk is a USB drive, pick FAT32 format and click OK to start formatting.