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Deleting partitions and drives

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Deleting partitions and drives

To change the configuration of a drive that’s fully allocated, you might need to delete existing partitions and logical drives. Deleting a partition or a drive removes the associated file system, and all data in the file system is lost. Before you delete a partition or a drive, you should back up any files and directories that the partition or drive contains.

NOTE To protect the integrity of the system, you can’t delete the system or boot partition. however, Windows Server 2012 R2 does let you delete the active partition or volume if it is not designated as boot or system. Always check to be sure that the partition or volume you are deleting doesn’t contain important data or files.

You can delete a primary partition, volume, or logical drive by following these steps:

1. In Disk Management, press and hold or right-click the partition, volume, or drive you want to delete, and then tap or click Explore. Using File Explorer, move all the data to another volume or verify an existing backup to ensure that the data was properly saved.

2. In Disk Management, press and hold or right-click the partition, volume, or drive again, and then tap or click Delete Partition, Delete Volume, or Delete Logical Drive as appropriate.

3. Confirm that you want to delete the selected item by tapping or clicking Yes.

The steps for deleting an extended partition differ slightly from those for deleting a primary partition or a logical drive. To delete an extended partition, follow these steps:

1. Delete all the logical drives on the partition following the steps listed in the previous procedure.

2. Select the extended partition area itself and delete it.

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