Top Three Ways to Delete Extended Partition in Windows 7

January 11, 2018

When you want to delete extended partition, Windows built-in tool may be your first choice. But it's complicated. Don't worry about. I will show you an easier way.

Scenario

My hard disk was partitioned into 1 primary partition and 4 logical partitions. I want to delete one of the logical partition to increase the volume of C drive.

This is a common situation related to deleting extended partition or logical partition. After you use your computer for a period of time, your pictures, files, folders etc may be increased daily. Thus, your disk many run out of space. The simplest way is to extend partition or merge it with another partition. 

Why do you want to delete extended partition in Windows 7?

1. Your C: drive (I mean system partition) is in a low disk space. 

After you use your new computer for a period of time, you may be confronted with a low disk space problem owing daily increased files, folders, photos, vedioes, etc.

2. You forget to indicate the size of the extend partition. 

When you create an extended partition for the first time, you may forget to indicate the size of the extended partition and it occupies the entire unallocated space on your hard drive. It makes us feel really confused and we want to make use of part unallocated space to do something else instead of merely saving personal files.

3. The extended partition occupies a lot of space. 

In general, you just need to pay for a new computer and use it. Because the suppliers have already partitioned the hard drive in advance. You do not need to partition your new computer. But this is the source of disk space improper distribution. After a period of time, you may receive a message like your C: drive is full.  However, some partitions remain much unusable space.

Delete extended partition using Diskpart

Maybe, you will receive a message like "virtual disk service error the extended partition is not empty" when you remove an extended partition by Diskpart.

That all because you have already created one or more logical partitions in the extended partition, so you cannot directly erase an extended partition. The extended partition is directly divided by a disk and cannot be used immediately unless there is only one logical partition on the extended partition. 

The Extended Partition Is Not Empty

To solve this, you need to delete all the logical partitions first. Then, you can delete the extended partition. 

Below is the guide:

Step 1. Run cmd as administrator. You can type cmd in the search box, select it from the context menu and run as administrator.

Step 2. Type diskpart in the new window.

Step 3. Type list disk

Step 4. Type select disk n (n is the number of disk)

Step 5. Type list partition

Step 6. Type select partition m (m is the number of partition)

Step 7. Type delete partition

step 8. Repeat Step 6- Step 7 to delete the rest of logical partition and the extended partition.

After you delete all the logical partition, you will get the free space. But it can only be used to extend logical partition. Thus, if you want to extend c drive or other primary partitions, you still need to delete the extended partition. Only to delete extended partition, you are able to get the unallocated space.

Remove extended partition by Disk Management

Some users may turn to Disk Management. But you still cannot delete extend partition all at once. Because you are only allowed to select one logical partition every time. Thus, you need to delete all the logical partitions first, then delete the extended partition.

Detailed steps: 

Step 1. Access the Disk Management window. You can click Start menu > Computer > Manage >Disk Management to summon the Disk Management window.

Step 2. Right-click the logical partition and select Delete Volume

Delete Extended Partition 1

Step 3. Repeat Step 2 to delete the rest of logical partition and the extended partition. Finally, you will get an unallocated space. And you can use it to increase any partition you want.

After you get the unallocated space, it means you successfully delete extended partition.  Unfortunately, in disk management, you can only extend primary partition by unallocated space at the right side. If the partition not, I'm sorry you cannot extend any partition. 

To fix it, I recommend you free AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can easily move partition to the right side of target partition.

Easier Way to erase deleted partition

Step 1. Download AOMEI Partition Assistant, install and enjoy it. 

Step 2. Right-click the logical partition and select Delete Partition.

Delete Logical Partition

Step 3. Select the way to delete partition. Delete partition quickly is the recommended. It takes less time.

Delete Options

Step 4. Click Apply and Proceed to start the pending operation.

Apply Proceed

Now, you successfully delete extended partition in Windows 7. And this method is also applied to Windows 8/8.1/10. 

Summary

Disk Management and Diskpart can successfully delete extended partition. But you need to delete all the logical partitions and extended partition simultaneously. If you just delete all the logical partitions, you just get the free space. In Windows, the free space can only be used to extend the logical partition. If you want to increase c drive or other primary partitions, you should delete the extended partition to get the unallocated space.  It's complicated. In contrast, Deleting partition using AOMEI Partition Assistant is much easier. 

Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant can help you extend partition more flexible. You can choose to extend partition with two adjacent partition whether at the right side or left side. Also, you can merge partition with any unallocated space as long as it's on the same disk.