By Emily / Last Updated April 27, 2023

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 the "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 the “delete partition override” rather than the "delete partition" command.

How to force delete partition with force protected parameter in Diskpart?

How do I delete a partition using Diskpart force? You can refer to the following quick guide to remove hidden or system protected partitions forcefully:

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 the disk in advance.

Step 1. Press the "Windows + R" keys at the same time to open the "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" 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" 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.

DiskPart Delete Force

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

Free Alternative to Diskpart: force delete partitions easily

Although Diskpart is able to delete hidden or protected partitions through the "delete partition override" command, you may delete a wrong partition without a clear interface to display the details. For those who are unfamiliar with Diskpart, that will be a risk. Besides, you still cannot use that command to delete the system/boot partition or other partitions that contain active paging files or crash dump (memory dump) files.

Therefore, we would like to share a free yet powerful alternative to Diskpart: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It allows you to delete hidden or unhidden data partition and system partition within Windows. That means you don’t need to create a bootable media and enter WinPE to do such tasks as using many other disk manager tools. Moreover, with a user-friendly interface, you can easily choose the right partition. 

3 Steps to delete partition force in Windows 11/10/8/7

Free download it and below is an example of how to delete a system partition (supporting all versions of Windows XP up to the newest Windows 11 operating system). You should note if you delete the C drive, then you will not be able to boot the operating system.

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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

If you want to delete recovery partition, you can just right-click the recovery partition, choose "Delete Partition" and follow the instructions.

Delete Recovery Partition

★ Bonus tip: if you delete a wrong partition and lost all data saved inside, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, which can recover lost partitions easily.


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 first use AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to convert dynamic disk to basic disk first, then use the deletion command. For Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012/2008/2003 users, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is a nice choice.