How to delete, create and format partitions

Learn the steps to delete, create or format partitions on Windows 11 or 10 for installed hard drives or SSDs to claim and use their full storage capacity.

Imagine your existing PC has a conventional hard drive, however, now you want to add another drive or SSD. And of course, the latter will be used to start the operating system while the previous one will act as pure data storage. After successfully migrating the operating system and other data from your hard drive, you’ll want to delete any extra partitions on the old boot drive to utilize its full capacity. For this task, we recommend disk managementwhich you can find by searching the Windows taskbar.

Here in this tutorial, we will learn how to use Disk Management to delete, create and format partitions in Windows 11 or 10.

Steps to create and delete partitions on Windows 11 or 10

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

1. Create and format partitions

Go to your Windows search bar or click on the Begin button and type – Create and format partitions. When you get its icon, click on it and you will get the Disk Management window. Alternatelywe can right-click on the Start button and select Disk Management.

2. Find the drive

Now is the time to determine the correct drive. In the upper area, in the Volume column, you can see the respective labels and drive letters. Our example is the HDD volume (D:). Along with the name, you can also refer to the ability which is also listed.

3. Select and delete the volume

When you select the volume, the corresponding area appears hatched at the bottom of the window. Moreover, in our case, there is two or more partitions on the disk. To get rid of it, right click on it, select Delete Volume in the context menu and answer the question with Yes.

Delete Windows 11 partitions

This way first, delete all available volumes Where partitions So disk at free all available disk space.

4. Delete grayed out volume in Disk Management

Howeverwhat if you don’t get the “Delete Volume“option to delete disk partition on Windows 11 or 10? For example, you can see that in the screenshot below, we don’t get the “Delete Volume” option for the first partition of disk 3. In such a case, we will use the command prompt to delete the volumes.

Delete grayed out volume in Disk Management

Command line method to delete partitions Windows 11 or 10

Open Command Prompt, Terminal or Powershell

Right-click on the Windows 11 Start button and select Terminal (Admin); on Windows 10 you can have Powershell (Admin). Confirm the User Account Control default query by clicking the Yes button.

Run Diskpart

disk share is a command line tool built into Windows to manage the disk and its paritons. To invoke it, simply type in your Terminal:

list disc

Now list the available disk drives on your system using the given command:

Select the disk and identify the partition

Once you get the list of all the drives, you will have the serial number with them. Now select the DISK the volume or partition you want to delete.

Here we select our disk, number 3.

List all available partitions:

Now let’s list all available partitions under the selected DISK.


Once you have identified the partition you want to delete, select it using its serial Number. For instance:

DELETE partition Windows 11 using command terminal

Once you have selected the partition, you can delete it using the given command.


Based on our above Examplethe commands will select disk 3 and select partition 1. Then delete the selected partition with the command delete partition Where in case of error message happens then use the delete partition override command:

disk management

You can now close the command prompt and return to Disk management. There you have the possibility to allocate the freed space elsewhere, for example in enlarge another partition.

Again, delete the rest of the partition you see on your disk management interface.

Disk Management delete partition Windows 11

5. Format and create a new volume

Now you will see a single large unallocated space on your selected disk. Well, we have freed up some space, now it’s time to use it by creating a new volume on Windows 11 or 10.

To do this, right click on the “Unallocated”Space and select New Simple Volume.

Create a new simple volume

Assign volume size

If you plan to create multiple partitions on Windows 10 or 11, then enter the amount of space you want to allocate to your partition. While those who want to use full hard drive space without multiple partitions, instead you want a large partition that uses all the drive space, leave the default volume size as it is and just click the NEXT button.

Set Drive Volume Size in Windows 11

Assign drive letter or path

To identify the Drive in Windows 11 or 10, we must assign it a Drive letter or path. You can leave the default settings as it is or in case you want to assign a specific drive letter then select it from the combo box then click on the Next button.

Assign drive letter or drive path

Format partition

In the Format section of Windows 11 or 0 Disk Management, the system will format the disk to make it usable. By default it will use NTFS, leave the settings as they are and just move forward using the Next button.

Disk Management format disk

New partition created

Finally, a new partition with all disk space allocated is ready to use on Windows 11 or 10. Go to This PC (My Computer) and start saving your files and folders there.


What does Create and format hard disk partitions in Windows mean?

Create and format hard disk partitionsis another term used for Disk Management in Windows 11 or 10. This feature is used to manage connected hard drives; to format, create and delete partitions of a hard drive. any drive offline or online using this Windows feature.

What does it mean to format partition?

Formatting partition means selecting any partition of the connected hard drive in Windows, macOS or Linux and deleting or erasing data from the selected partition while assigning a particular type of file system such as NTFS, ext4, FAT, etc.

What is the difference between format and partition?

Partition Disk stands for Split Disk. By default, you get the hard drives of new PCs or laptops in one piece. You can logically partition them so that you have virtually multiple “smaller hard drives” (depending on the amount of partitions) on them. This means that you specify the boundaries of areas (storage space) on the disk. On the other hand, formatting creates a file system volume. For example, you have free space on a drive just like a blank piece of paper where you create a table to store filesystem volume objects like files and directories.

Does formatting a disk erase everything?

Yes, formatting will erase all available data on your drive. However, data can be recovered if after formatting nothing was stored in it again. For recovery, we need a special type of software such as Stellar Data Recovery.

What happens if I format my hard drive?

When we press the Format button for any hard disk, the system erases all data and pointers allocated to them to make space for new data. In short, all your data will be gone once you format your hard drive.

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