Diskpart: Delete Partition Force in Windows 10/8/7

March 18, 2019

Meet the error “Can’t delete a partition without the force protected parameter set” when trying to use DiskPart to remove a partition? This article will demonstrate how to use Diskpart to delete partition force in Windows 10/8/7.

When need “Diskpart delete partition force”?

Generally speaking, you can use Diskpart.exe service to delete any known data partition. But when you attempt to delete hidden partitions or system protected partitions like Recovery partition with “delete partition” command in DiskPart, there are chances that you will encounter an error message saying “Cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set.”

In this situation, DiskPart utility requires you to enter a different parameter (force protected parameter) to signal your Windows that you know what you are doing, then you can successfully remove hidden or system protected partitions. To be precise, you need to input “delete partition override” rather than “delete partition” command.

How to delete partition with force protected parameter in Diskpart?

To use Diskpart to remove hidden or system protected partitions forcefully, you can refer to the following quick guide:

Important: please be very careful when following these steps. Deleting partitions will remove all data from the target partition. It is quite important to select the correct partition number on the correct disk. To be safe, you can back up disk in advance.

Step 1. Press “Windows + R” keys at the same time to open “Run” Dialogue. Then type “diskpart” in it and press “Enter”.

Step 2. Type “list disk” and hit “Enter”: display a list of the disks currently connected to your computer.

Step 3. Type “select disk <disk number>” and press “Enter”: select right the disk containing the partition that you wish to delete.

Step 4. Type “list partition” and press “Enter”: see all the partitions available on that the selected disk.

Step 5. Type “select partition<partition number>” and press “Enter”: identify the one that you wish to delete from the partition list.

Step 6. Type “delete partition override” and press “Enter”: force delete the selected partition with using the override parameter.

Delete Partition Force

Once the process completes successfully, type the “exit” command and press “Enter”to exit Diskpart.

Alternative to Diskpart to delete any partitions successfully

Although Diskpart is able to delete hidden or protected partitions through “delete partition override” command, without a clear interface to display the details, there are chances that you may delete a wrong partition. For those who are unfamiliar with Diskpart, they will run a risk. Besides, you still cannot use that command to delete the system/boot partition or any partition that contains the active paging file or crash dump (memory dump) files.

Here, we would like to share a great alternative to Diskpart: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It allows you to delete hidden or unhidden data partition and system partition within Windows. You don’t need to create a bootable media and enter WinPE to do such task like using many other disk manager tools. Moreover, with a user-friendly interface, you can easily choose the right partition. If you delete C drive, then you will not be able to boot operating system.

Free download it and learn how to delete a system partition (supporting all versions of Windows XP up to Windows 10).

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant on your Windows computer, right click the system partition (usually C: drive) and select “Delete Partition”.

Delete System Partition

Step 2. Select a way to delete the selected C partition and click “OK” to continue.

Delete Partition Quickly

Step 3. Back to the main interface, click “Apply” and then “Proceed” to commit the pending operation. It is deleting the system partition, so a reboot is required.

Apply Proceed


So, when you failed to use Diskpart to delete partition force, AOMEI Partition Assistant is a great alternative. Moreover, if you execute “delete partition” or “delete partition override” on the dynamic disk and meet “The operation is not supported by the object. The specified command or parameters are not supported on this system”, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to convert dynamic disk to basic disk first, then use the deletion command.