How to remove partitions from a USB stick

If you have a USB stick that has various partitions and you are having trouble removing them from with Windows Disk Management, then you might like to try the following:

update 2017: These days I find it much easier to use a free tool called BootICE, it neatly repartitions the USB stick with no fuss, it also has lots of other features that you might find useful.  I will leave the old post below as it is still useful knowledge.


Open up command prompt and enter the following commands in sequence:

list disk

Carefully select the disk that you want to correct. Example: I want to remove all partitions on Disk 1:

select disk 1

If the RECOVER command doesn’t work, try CLEAN.

Create a partition with:

create partition primary

then format with:

format quick


Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:20 by simon · Permalink
In: Hardware, Tech, Windows

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  1. Written by Sam
    on 20 March 2015 at 23:42
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    nice, cheers.

  2. Written by alpaca
    on 15 May 2016 at 1:28
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    Great, the really one working solution.

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