How to Delete the EFI System Partition in Windows 10 or 11

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How to Delete the EFI System Partition in Windows 10 or 11

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When you install Windows 11 or 10 on your PC’s boot drive, the procedure produces an EFI System Partition, which contains some crucial files that the machine needs to read at startup. The EFI System Partition is rather small, taking up only a few hundred megabytes on average. Because this partition is required to boot, Windows does not enable you to remove it by default.

If you’re reformatting an SSD or hard drive that was previously used as a boot drive to use as a data drive, you may wish to remove the EFI System Partition so you may have one large partition for all of your contents. You may erase the EFI System Partition in Windows 10 or 11 by following the easy methods below. Just make sure you don’t do it on your boot drive or you’ll be unable to boot!

Disk Managment

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How to Delete the EFI System Partition in Windows

1. Launch Diskpart.

Launch Diskpart

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To get a list of all the linked drives, type list disk. The drive number of the drive you wish to erase from should match the one displayed in the Disk Manager app.

List of All disk drive

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2. Set disk [Disk Number], where [Disk Number] is the drive number you wish to erase from.

Set disk

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3. Enter the list partition.

Enter the list partition

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4. To choose the reserved partition to remove, type sel parition [PARTITION NUMBER].

Sel parition

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5. Enter the delete partition override command.

Enter the delete partition override command

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The EFI System Partition should be removed at this time. However, you should double-check by using the Windows Drive Management software to examine the disk (load it by searching for “disk management.”). If the problem persists, restart your computer and check again.

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