This page is about how to delete partitions when Gparted cannot delete partition on Windows/Linux.
Here are some simple causes when Gparted won't delete a partition or when delete partition greyed out in Gparted.
Case#1, gparted cannot delete partition ubuntu, gparted locked partition delete
How to unmount/unlock partition using Gparted Linux/Swap partition?
Solution: Unlock partition, unmount through Gparted LIVE USB/CD in bootable mode, or use lvscan lvremove like the following to remove the partition.
$ sudo lvscan ACTIVE '/dev/fedora_localhost/swap' [7.81 GiB] inherit ACTIVE '/dev/fedora_localhost/home' [407.39 GiB] inherit ACTIVE '/dev/fedora_localhost/root' [50.00 GiB] inherit $ sudo lvremove /dev/fedora_localhost/swap Do you really want to remove and DISCARD active logical volume swap? [y/n]: y Logical volume "swap" successfully removed $ sudo lvremove /dev/fedora_localhost/home Do you really want to remove and DISCARD active logical volume home? [y/n]: y Logical volume "home" successfully removed $ sudo lvremove /dev/fedora_localhost/root Do you really want to remove and DISCARD active logical volume root? [y/n]: y Logical volume "root" successfully removed
Video: how to run Gparted Live from bootable usb
Case#2, gparted cannot delete partition windows 10
Solution: When Gparted cannot delete partition in Windows 10, you need to run Gparted LIVE USB in bootable mode and get it deleted since Gparted cannot remove a partition when it is locked, is use, or you may use free tool Partition Resizer to delete a partition.
Also read: how to delete recovery partition Windows 10
IM-Magic Partition Resizer is a free tool that can help remove partition in Windows 11/10/8/7 even when you are using the computer. It can help delete mounted partition, extended partiton, active partition and even the recovery partition when Gparted failed or when Gparted needs to use boot mode.
To delete a partition using this software, follow these steps:
Download and Install: First, download and install IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free from the official website.
Launch the Software: Open the software after installation. You will see a list of your disk partitions.
Select the Partition: Identify the partition you want to delete from the list (Right click the partition, and a box will show up with a list of available functions such as Delete Partition).
Note: Make sure you have backed up any important data from the partition before proceeding. (The free tool offers disk cloning as well as partition copy to backup data. You may backup partition before the deletion)
Choose Delete Option: Right-click on the partition you wish to delete. In the context menu, select the "Delete" option. A confirmation prompt will appear.
Confirm Deletion: Confirm that you want to delete the partition. Double-check that you have selected the correct partition, as this action will result in data loss.
Apply Changes: Once you're certain, click on the "Apply" button. IM-Magic Partition Resizer will initiate the process of deleting the selected partition.
Repartition (if needed): If you want to redistribute the freed space to other partitions, you can use the software to resize or create new partitions using the available unallocated space.
Complete the Process: After the deletion and repartitioning (if applicable) are complete, the software will notify you. Restart your computer to finalize the changes.
Remember that deleting a partition will result in permanent data loss. Ensure you have a backup of important data and verify your actions before applying changes. IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free offers a straightforward process to manage partitions effectively.
Also read: how to resize partition on Windows 11/10
To delete a partition in Linux using the fdisk command line utility:
Caution: Deleting a partition erases data. Ensure you've backed up important data and confirm actions. Consider gdisk or parted for GPT partitions.