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As you probably know, to store files on a hard drive, it must be prepared in the right way: it must be properly initialized, partitioned and formatted. If you bought an external drive from a store, the preparation has probably already been done by the drive manufacturer. But what if you want the drive to be prepared differently? For example, you can reformat the disk or change the partitions it contains. The way to accomplish these tasks in Windows is to use the disk management program that is pre-installed with Windows.
As you can see, the system partition is protected so that even the most powerful disk management program cannot do anything with it. Note that this is not because the partition is EFI, but because the program that created the partition marked it so that other programs cannot tamper with it. But what if we want to delete the partition from the EFI system and reboot the disk from scratch?
What Happens if you Delete an EFI System Partition (ESP)?
Do you know why you can’t delete the EFI system partition? What happens if you delete the ESP on your hard drive?
According to the first part, the EFI partition is like an interface that allows the computer to shut down Windows. This is a preliminary step that must be performed before running the Windows partition. Without the EFI partition, your computer will not be able to boot Windows.
In a nutshell, removing the EFI system partition will make the installed system unbootable. Therefore, the EFI system partition is typically protected and locked by Windows operating systems to prevent and prevent accidental deletion. For this reason, you cannot see the EFI partition in Windows File Explorer or delete it using Windows Disk Management.
How to Delete Protected EFI System Partition on Windows 10
If this is not possible to use Disk Management, you can delete the partition as follows.
- Connect the disk to your Windows 10 system
- Open the command prompt with administrator privileges.
- Type the following command to activate the Disk Partition tool.
- Use the following command to list all discs. Note the number of the disk on which you want to delete the system partition.
- list disk
- Select the hard disk with the following command. Replace “No” with the number of the disk.
- select disk no.
- List all partitions on the disk with the following command.
- list partition
- A hard disk can have more than one system partition. You must delete them one by one. Using the previous command, check which system partition it is and note the number assigned to it. Select the partition you want to delete.
- select partition no.
- Execute the following command to delete the selected partition.
- SET ID=ebd0a0a2-b9e5-4433-87c0-68b6b72699c7
- Repeat this procedure for all system partitions you want to delete. Deleted partitions are displayed as unallocated space. You can format them using the disk management program.
Do not follow these steps if you are not prepared to assume the full risk of data loss and/or disk damage. Deleting disk partitions deletes ALL data on that partition. It is extremely important to choose the right partition number on the right disk.
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