There are some hidden or System protected Disk partitions in almost all version of Windows. Now in the latest Windows 10 Build 1803 when some one tries to delete the smaller system partition from their PC. This simply doesn’t work in built in Disk Partition tool. Using the “DELETE PARTITION” command in DiskPart also doesn’t work. You may come up with this text popping up showing the following command.
Virtual Disk Service error:
Cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set.
You can see the above notification in real command prompt in this screen -shot below
Now the issue here is how to fix this issue because the other working command “DELETE VOLUME” may crash the command prompt once its is executed. The DiskPart may simply crash on its own. This can result into freezing of your command prompt also. To fix this you have to follow this step by step guide given below.
How to FIX DiskPart Cannot Delete a Protected Partition:
When the DiskPart doesn’t work you can change the command line using the Delete Override in your command prompt.
- Open Command Prompt.
- Make sure to right Click and select Open “Run As Administrator“.
- Once done go and write this command “DELETE PARTITION OVERRIDE“.
- This new Override flag enables to delete any disk partition. Even if its the system protected partition.
The older DISKPART will only let you delete or get rid of known Data partitions on the your system. But if you have any Active Paging File available on any or the System, Boot or any other Partition, the command prompt will crash again. So make sure that you don’t have any active paging file on the particular partition which you want to remove.