A partition on a hard drive can be deleted as it is not currently in use. For example, if Windows is installed on the partition you want to delete, you will not be able to, as you are logged into Windows. To delete a partition on a hard drive, follow the steps below.
Warning: Deleting a partition will permanently erase any data that is presently stored on it.
- Press the Windows key or click the Start button.
- Type Create and format hard disk partitions, and then press Enter.
- You should see a window open similar to the one below.
In the Disk Management window, the available hard drives in the computer are listed. Hard Disk space labeled as Unallocated is space that has not been partitioned yet. If hard disk space has a drive letter associated with it, that space has been partitioned.
- Locate the partition you want to delete.
- Right-click on that partition and select the Delete Volume option from the drop-down menu that appears.
Note: If the Delete Volume option is grayed out when right-clicking, the partition cannot be deleted.
- A pop-up message may appear to confirm that you want to delete the partition; click Yes.
- Once the partition has been deleted, it will be listed as Unallocated space.