SOLVED: How To Delete Protected Partitions in Windows 10

UPDATE OCT 1 2019 – Everything is still completely accurate but if you want to know how to remove all stuck partitions and recreate a volume through command line CLICK HERE.


If you install a hard disk from an old PC into your current PC, you might find a few partitions cannot be deleted.  Fortunately it is very easy and fast to use a simple command line to remove the unwanted partitions:


  1. Bring up a CMD or PowerShell window (as an administrator)
  2. Type DISKPART and press enter
  3. Type LIST DISK and press enter
  4. Type SELECT DISK <n> and press enter
  5. Type LIST PARTITION and press enter
  6. Type SELECT PARTITION <n> and press enter
  7. Type DELETE PARTITION OVERRIDE and press enter
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 as many times as you need to remove unwanted partitions


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    forester w ferguson August 11, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    From cmd as administrator it work great , using windows 10 ver 2002

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    Ralph July 6, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Worked for me in Win 10 V1909, Thanks

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    Cyril Gillis April 19, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    doesn’t work for me. list partition shows * Partition 1 Primary 59 gb 0. when I try to select partition 1, i get error that no partition is selected??

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    Jonb March 30, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    says to me
    “Delete is not allowed on the current boot, system, pagefile,
    crashdump or hibernation volume.”

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    Joe Schmoe March 17, 2020 at 7:35 am

    This fixed it for me! TY

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    caitlin February 7, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    thankyou so much!

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    Amicus November 10, 2019 at 12:58 am

    It works!
    Thank you.

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    Ian Thow October 20, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Thanks, this solved my problem.

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    Thomas E Perkins August 1, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Thank you, solve my problem.

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    Postmaster April 26, 2019 at 10:30 am

    awesome!!! thank you!!

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