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Tutorials | How to Delete a Partition using fdisk

Publish date: 18:47 Thursday, 28th July 2005
Written by: Theoran
Audience intended for: Windows ME Users, Windows 98 Users, Windows 95 Users
Category: Windows

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In this example we are removing two partitions from a hard drive. There is one primary DOS partition (C: ) and one Extended DOS partition with a Logical DOS drive (D: ) on it. When removing partitions it is best to remove them in this order:
  1. Logical DOS Drive
  2. Extended DOS Partition
  3. Primary DOS Partition
Below are the complete instructions to walk you through the process of removing existing partitions on your hard drive.

1.) Insert the Startup/Boot disk in the floppy disk drive, restart your computer. When the Microsoft Windows 98/95 Startup menu is displayed, select the Start computer without CD-ROM support menu option, and then press Enter.

At a command prompt, type fdisk, and then press Enter.

2.) The first screen you will see will ask you - Do you wish to enable large disk support?

Press Y and then press Enter. This will enable the FAT32 file system

3.) After you press Enter, the following fdisk Options menu is displayed:

  1. Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive
  2. Set active partition
  3. Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive
  4. Display partition information
  5. Change current fixed disk drive

    **Note** that the 5th option is available only if you have two physical hard disks in the computer.

4.) Press 3 to select the Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive menu option, and then press Enter.

5.) After you press Enter, the following fdisk Options menu is displayed:

  1. Delete Primary DOS Partition
  2. Delete Extended DOS Partition
  3. Delete Logical DOS Drive(s) in the Extended DOS Partition
  4. Delete Non-DOS Partition
6.) Press 3 to select Delete Logical DOS Drive(s) in the Extended DOS Partition menu option, and then press Enter.

7.) After you press Enter, you will get the following sentence: What drive do you want to delete. Press Z and then press Enter. **Note** Z represents the drive letter that corresponds with your logical drive

8.) The next sentence states Enter Volume Label. If your partition does not have a volume label then leave this blank and press Enter, if it does then type it in and then press Enter.

9.) The next sentence states Are you sure (Y/N). Press Y and then press Enter.

10.) Press ESC twice to get back to the main fdisk menu.

11.) Press 3 to select the Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive menu option, and then press Enter

12.) Press 2 to select Delete Extended DOS Partition menu option, and then press Enter.

13.) After you press Enter, you will get the following sentence: Do you wish to continue (Y/N). Press Y and then press Enter.

14.) Press ESC to get back to the main fdisk menu.

15.) Press 3 to select the Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive menu option, and then press Enter.

16.) Press 1 to select Delete Primary DOS Partition Press Y and then press Enter.

17.) After you press Enter, you will get the following sentence: What primary partition do you want to delete..?). Press 1 and then press Enter.

18.) The next sentence states Enter Volume Label. If your partition does not have a volume label then leave this blank and press Enter, if it does then type it in and then press Enter.

19.) The next sentence states Are you sure (Y/N). Press Y and then press Enter.

20.) Press ESC to get to the main fdisk menu

21.) You are now ready to create your partition or partitions.

The Next step which is how to partition a hard drive.

 

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