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How to Delete a Partition in Windows XP Pro

by Art Corvelay
  • Overview

    A partition is a section of your hard drive that is dedicated to a particular operating system or application. For example, you may have created a partition in Windows XP Professional that contained a different operating system, such as Linux. If you no longer use this partition or you need to create space on your hard drive, you may want to completely delete the partition and all of its contents. Windows XP Professional has a utility called Disk Management that allows you to remove hard drive partitions.
    A hard drive can be divided into multiple partitions.
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  • Step 1

    Turn on your computer and log on as a user that has administrator-level access.
  • Step 2

    Click "Start" and then "Run." Type "compmgmt.msc" and hit "Enter" on your computer.
  • Step 3

    Click "Disk Management" in the left pane. This opens a view of all of the drives and partitions on your computer.
  • Step 4

    Right-click the partition that you want to delete and select "Delete Partition."
  • Step 5

    Click "Yes" when prompted with the message asking you if you want to delete the partition. The partitions and all of its contents are deleted.
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  • Deleting a partition removes all of the data on the partition. You should back up the data on your partition if you want to save it.
  • Deleting a partition removes all of the data on the partition. You should back up the data on your partition if you want to save it.

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