In Windows XP, users have two options for deleting partitions from their hard drives: the Disk Management utility and the CMD (Command) prompt tool. To delete a partition using CMD, all you have to do is access the list of partitions and then you can do a complete clean of whichever one you want, even if it's a hidden partition.
Open the Command Prompt tool by going to the Start menu, clicking "All Programs," selecting "Accessories," and then clicking on "Command Prompt."
Type "diskpart" into the window, hit "Enter," type "list disk," hit "Enter," and then find the disk number for the hard drive containing the hidden partition you want to delete (e.g., "0," "1," "2").
Type "select disk (your disk number here)" (e.g. "select disk 0"), hit "Enter," type "list partition," hit "Enter," and then find the partition number for the hidden partition (e.g. 0, 1).
Type "select partition (your partition number here)"---e.g., "select partition 0," hit "Enter," type "delete partition," and then hit "Enter." Your hidden partition will now be deleted.
Tips & Warnings
- This process is not reversible. Make sure that you select the correct disk and partition, and also ensure that you really want to delete all the contents of the partition before carrying out this operation.
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