Three Ways to Remove NTFS Partition

December 14, 2018

In many cases, you can remove NTFS partition via Disk Management. But when it comes to delete NTFS recovery partition or system partition (usually C drive), you can turn to Diskaprt or AOMEI Partition Assistant.

About NTFS partition

NTFS, short for New Technology File System, is the standard file system employed by the Windows operating system. It is the superior to the FAT file system and performs better in reliability, extendibility and speed. People often choose to format partition with NTFS file system to store files and folders in Windows OS environment.

Remove NTFS partition via Disk Management

Usually, you can use Disk Management to delete a NTFS partition to get unallocated space. Let’s see how it works:

1. Open Disk Management by pressing “Windows” + “R”, inputting “diskmgtmt.msc” and hitting Enter.

2. Right click the NTFS partition that you need to delete and choose Delete Volume.

Delete NTFS Partition Disk Management

3. Click Yes to continue.


Remove NTFS recovery partition via Diskpart

If the NTFS partition that you intend to delete is recovery partition or the NTFS partition is on SD card/USB flash drive, you are unable to delete it in Disk Management. In such condition, Diskpart utility can helpful. See the steps below:

1. Access Diskpart utility by pressing “Windows” + “R”, inputting “diskpart” and pressingEnter key.

2. In Diskpart window, run the following commands:

  • list disk – all disks will be displayed.

  • select disk n – n is the number of the disk containing the NTFS partition that you want to delete.

  • list partition – all partitions on disk n will be listed.

  • select partition m – m is the number of the NTFS partition going to be removed.

  • delete partition

Remove NTFS Partition

Note: Windows recovery partition allows you to boot into Window recovery environment to restore computer; recovery partition created by manufactures allows you to restore computer to factory default settings. If you delete such partition, you won’t be able to make use of the function offered by it. Thus, be cautious to delete recovery partition.

Remove NTFS partition C via AOMEI Partition Assistant

Diskpart is indeed a useful tool to get rid of NTFS partition including recovery partition. However, if you are unfamiliar with Windows, you are likely to delete another partition accidentally and make data loss.

Thus, it is recommended to apply AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, a comprehensive and powerful partition manager, which permits you to delete NTFS recovery partition, NTFS partition on SD card, USB flash drive and delete NTFS system partition (Partition C) as well. Take a look at how it works (Take deleting C drive in Windows 10 as an example).

Step 1.Free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Install and run it. Click Create Bootable Media and do as the following prompts to create a Windows 10 bootable media.

Step 2.Reboot your computer and enter BIOS to boot Windows 10 from the bootable USB drive or CD to enter WinPE environment.

Boot from Bootable Media

Step 3. After booting successfully, the main console of AOMEI will appears automatically. Right click NTFS C drive and choose Delete Partition.

Delete C Drive

Step 4. Between two options, choose Delete partition quickly (Recommended) and clickOK icon.

Delete Partition Quickly

Step 5.Click Apply and Proceed to commit operation.


  • You are not allowed to remove NTFS C drive within Window environment, thus you need to create a bootable media and boot from it to perform this operation. If you need to delete non-system NTFS partition, you can skip Step 1 and Step 2.

  • To experience more advanced functions like recovering deleted partition, making conversion between NTFS and FAT32, and cloning system hard drive etc, you can upgrade to Professional version.

It is not a tough task to remove NTFS partition whether it is a data partition, system partition, a recovery partition or it is on SD card or USB flash drive. There are three simple and quick ways offered for you, you can select on based on your own demand and preference.