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Delete partition

Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

Deletes the partition with focus.

delete partition [noerr] [override]

 

Parameter Description

override

Enables DiskPart to delete any partition regardless of type. Typically, DiskPart only permits you to delete known data partitions.

noerr

For scripting only. When an error is encountered, DiskPart continues to process commands as if the error did not occur. Without this parameter, an error causes DiskPart to exit with an error code.

CautionCaution
Deleting a partition on a dynamic disk can delete all dynamic volumes on the disk, thus destroying any data and leaving the disk in a corrupt state. To delete a dynamic volume, always use the delete volume command instead. Partitions can be deleted from dynamic disks, but they should not be created. For example, it is possible to delete an unrecognized GUID Partition Table (GPT) partition on a dynamic GPT disk. Deleting such a partition does not cause the resulting free space to become available. This command is intended to allow you to reclame space on a corrupted offline dynamic disk in an emergency situation where the clean command in DiskPart cannot be used.

  • You cannot delete the system partition, boot partition, or any partition that contains the active paging file or crash dump information.

  • A partition must be selected for this operation to succeed. Use the select partition command to select a partition and shift the focus to it.

To delete the partition with focus, type:

delete partition

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