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April 06, 2008

How to Delete Partitions

In this example we are removing two partitions from a hard drive. There is one primary DOS partition (C: ) and one Extended DOS partition with a Logical DOS drive (D: ) on it. When removing partitions it is best to remove them in this order:
Logical DOS Drive
Extended DOS Partition
Primary DOS Partition
Below are the complete instructions to walk you through the process of removing existing partitions on your hard drive.
1.) Insert the Startup disk in the floppy disk drive, restart your computer. When the Microsoft Windows 98 Startup menu is displayed, select the Start computer without CD-ROM support menu option, and then press Enter.
At a command prompt, type fdisk, and then press Enter.
2.) Do you wish to enable large disk support?
Press Y and then press Enter. This will enable the FAT32 file system
3.) After you press Enter, the following fdisk Options menu is displayed:
Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive
Set active partition
Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive
Display partition information
Change current fixed disk drive
**Note** that option 5 is available only if you have two physical hard disks in the computer.
4.) Press 3 to select the Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive menu option, and then press Enter.
5.) After you press Enter, the following fdisk Options menu is displayed:
Delete Primary DOS Partition
Delete Extended DOS Partition
Delete Logical DOS Drive(s) in the Extended DOS Partition
Delete Non-DOS Partition
6.) Press 3 to select Delete Logical DOS Drive(s) in the Extended DOS Partition menu option, and then press Enter.
7.) After you press Enter, you will get the following sentence: What drive do you want to delete. Press Z and then press Enter. **Note** Z represents the drive letter that corresponds with your logical drive
8.) The next sentence states Enter Volume Label. If your partition doesn’t have a volume label then leave this blank and press Enter, if it does then type it in and then press Enter.
9.) The next sentence states Are you sure (Y/N). Press Y and then press Enter.
10.) Press ESC twice to get back to the main fdisk menu.
11.) Press 3 to select the Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive menu option, and then press Enter
12.) Press 2 to select Delete Extended DOS Partition menu option, and then press Enter.
13.) After you press Enter, you will get the following sentence: Do you wish to continue (Y/N). Press Y and then press Enter.
14.) Press ESC to get back to the main fdisk menu.
15.) Press 3 to select the Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive menu option, and then press Enter.
16.) Press 1 to select Delete Primary DOS Partition Press Y and then press Enter.
17.) After you press Enter, you will get the following sentence: What primary partition do you want to delete..?). Press 1 and then press Enter.
18.) The next sentence states Enter Volume Label. If your partition doesn’t have a volume label then leave this blank and press Enter, if it does then type it in and then press Enter.
19.) The next sentence states Are you sure (Y/N). Press Y and then press Enter.
20.) Press ESC to get to the main fdisk menu
21.) You are now ready to create your partition or partitions.