By Bryce / Last Updated March 11, 2022

About NTFS partition

NTFS, short for New Technology File System, is the standard file system employed by the Windows operating system. It is 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.

How to remove NTFS partition step-by-step?

To get unallocated space or wipe data, you may want to get rid of an NTFS partition. It’s not tough to complete this operation in Windows. Here three different ways are presented, you can choose one based on your own situation.

Way 1. Remove NTFS partition via Disk Management

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.


Way 2. 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 a condition, Diskpart utility can helpful. See the steps below:

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

Windows recovery partition allows you to boot into Window recovery environment to restore computer; recovery partition created by manufacturer 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.
► If you delete C drive use this way, you can receive the error, “The selected volume or partition is in use. To continue with the operation use the OVERRIDE parameter.” And when you after you run delete partition override, an error – Delete is not allowed on the current boot, system, pagefile, crashdump or hibernation volume appears. To remove system partition in success, you can ask the help of Windows installation CD/DVD or choose Way 3.

Way 3. Remove NTFS partition 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 the following prompts to create a Windows 10 bootable media.

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

Boot from Bootable Media

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

Delete System Partition

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, converting system MBR into GPT without data loss, 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, recovery partition or it is on SD card or USB flash drive. There are three simple and quick ways offered for you, select one based on your demand and preference.

It is easy to remove NTFS partition whether it is a data partition, system partition, recovery partition or it is on SD card or USB flash drive. You just need to select one appropriate way among the three methods aforementioned.