How to Remove All External Partitions in Windows 10 & 11

Delete Windows Partition Using Command Prompt

External hard drives are a great way to expand storage capacity and keep your files organized. However, as your needs change over time, you might want to delete all existing windows partitions on your external HDD to start fresh or reconfigure the drive to suit a different purpose. In this blog post, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of deleting all external HDD partitions, ensuring a clean slate for your storage device.

Please Note: Deleting all partitions on your external HDD will erase all data on the drive. Make sure to back up any important files before proceeding with the steps below.

Follow the below steps.

  1. Plug in your external hard disk to your system through a USB port.
  2. Using Win+R and type “diskmgmt.msc” (without quotes) and click on OK. (Here you will see a recovery or boot partition and here you cannot able to remove partition)
  1. Press the “Windows” button and type “Command Prompt” (without quotes) on Right-click run as administrator.
  1. Type Diskpart and hit enter.
    DISKPART> List disk and hit enter ( here you will see the available disk in your system. )
    DISKPART> Select Disk 1 and hit enter ( disk 1 is now the selected disk. )
    DISKPART> List partition
    DISKPART> Select partition 2
    DISKPART> delete partition override
  2. And perform the same steps to remove all partitions.

After checking again in Disk Management you can see only 1 partition on an external disk.

By following these steps, you can delete all external HDD partitions and start fresh with a clean drive. Remember to back up your data before proceeding, as deleting a partition will erase all existing files. Whether you choose to have a single partition or multiple partitions, understanding the process empowers you to customize your storage device to suit your needs. Enjoy organizing your data on your newly configured external HDD!

The process mentioned in this blog post may differ slightly depending on your operating system version. Always exercise caution when working with Disk Management tools and make sure you have a backup of your important data.

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