Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How to remove a "hidden" partition that Windows will not touch

This basic process will work with just one drive in the system, but I am writing these directions targeted to those who want to remove partitions from a second drive. Usually when such a partition exists on the only drive in the system it has a purpose and should not be removed.

  1. Attach the drive with the unwanted partition to an existing system and make certain it is recognized in the Disk Manager.
  2. Go to the run window. In Vista and Windows 7 just click the start button, in Windows XP click Start / Run.
  3. Type diskpart and press Enter.
  4. Type list disk and press Enter.
  5. Select the disk containing the “inaccessible” partition by typing select disk x, where x is the number of the disk, and press Enter.
  6. Once the disk is selected, type list partition and press Enter.
  7. Select the “inaccessible” partition by typing select partition x, where x is the number of the partition, and press Enter.
  8. Type delete partition override and press Enter.

That's it. Go back to Disk Manager and you will see that the partition no longer exists.

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At May 26, 2010 at 7:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

spot on! sorted my problem!

At May 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM , Blogger trexrider said...

Didn't work for me because the inaccessable partition isn't visible.

At May 28, 2010 at 3:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Full information on diskpart is available at If using clean or other diskpart options does not do it for you, about all that is left is a low level format using the drive manufacturer's utility.

At August 7, 2010 at 7:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

AngelDeLaNoche your a star! sorted my problem removing a recovery partition in Windows 7 64bit :)

At February 25, 2012 at 8:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, you rock !!

At August 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i want use that space for storing movies what should i do ? pls tell me

At February 17, 2014 at 1:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much it worked


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