Can't delete a partition

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by xturnal, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. xturnal

    xturnal New Member

    Can't get rid of this partition. If anyone could help it would be much appreciated.


  2. porterjw

    porterjw Moderator Staff Member

    Unallocated space is not a separate partition, it's simply dead space until it's allocated for use and formatted.

    Your full Drive capacities will always be shown, partitioned/formatted or not; that's how you can tell how much physical space you have on the Drive, regardless how the Drive itself is set up.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2014
  3. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again Staff Member

    As Jay said, you always see your entire drive even if it's not all allocated. If you want to use the full drive space, you'll need to extend the partition you have on the drive already so that it fills the entire drive.
  4. Perkomate

    Perkomate Active Member

    What if you click "Delete Volume" as in the second screenshot?
  5. Punk

    Punk Moderator Staff Member

    Delete what?

    It's unallocated space, you can't delete nothing :)
  6. Okedokey

    Okedokey Well-Known Member

    Actually string theory says its possible but yeah lol i get ya ;)
  7. larsch

    larsch New Member

    The clue might be that the first partition is 2 TiB. So mbr vs gpt.
  8. porterjw

    porterjw Moderator Staff Member

    The second screenshot was referencing the active partition on Disk 1. I think he was showing the options were available for that, but not the unallocated space.
  9. spynoodle

    spynoodle Active Member

    ^Good point. Xturnal, are you having a problem with trying to make a partition larger than 2TB?
  10. MisterEd

    MisterEd Member

    Why do you want to delete the partition when you can use it. Windows has a 2TB drive limit. To get around that you need to convert the drive to GPT. To do this right-click on Disk 1 on the left and select Convert to GPT Disk. You can then either create one 2.7TB partition or divide it up into smaller ones. See the reference below for more information. Of course this will destroy anything already on the drive so you need to do this before you start using it.

    Windows support for hard disks that are larger than 2 TB

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