Diskpart - Can't delete a partition without the force protected parameter set



As an IT administrator, you may find yourself in a situation where you cannot delete a partition using the Diskpart utility without using the Force Protected parameter. This issue can be encountered when attempting to delete a partition that is in use or has been marked as protected by Windows. Although this parameter is not documented in the Diskpart utility itself, it can be used to forcibly remove a partition that cannot be deleted through normal means.

The Diskpart utility is a Windows command-line utility that is used to manage disk partitions. It can be used to create, delete, format, and view partitions on a disk. The utility also allows you to set various attributes of a partition, such as setting it as active, assigning a drive letter, or setting it as a system partition.

When attempting to delete a partition using Diskpart, the utility will normally display an error message if the partition is in use or has been marked as protected by Windows. This is because the partition is protected from being deleted by the operating system. In order to delete the partition, you must first disable the protection by using the Force Protected parameter.

The Force Protected parameter is a hidden parameter within the Diskpart utility. It is not documented in the official Diskpart utility help documentation. To use the Force Protected parameter, you must first launch the Diskpart utility. Once the utility has been launched, you must enter the command “select disk ”, where is the number of the disk containing the partition you wish to delete. You then have to enter the command “attributes disk clear all”. This command will clear all attributes from the disk, including any protection set by the operating system.

Once the attributes have been cleared, you can enter the command “delete partition override” to delete the partition. This command will delete the partition regardless of whether it is in use or protected. Once the partition has been deleted, you can then create a new partition if desired.

Using the Force Protected parameter is a powerful tool for IT administrators. It can be used to delete a partition that is protected by the operating system, which can be useful in situations where a partition cannot be deleted through normal means. It is important to note, however, that using this parameter can result in data loss and should be used with caution.

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