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Some users have found that installing Windows 10 April 2018 Update creates extra disk partition. Learn, how to get rid of it in this article.

Few days back, Microsoft officially rolled out Windows 10 V1803 aka April 2018 Update. See this post, if you can’t get this update on your Windows 10 device. However, after upgrading to V1803, some users have commonly reported a bug which we will discuss in this article.

Actually, after upgrade, users may found an extra disk partition that is visible in File Explorer, under This PC. This partition is created just after V1803 update is installed. The partition is also visible in Disk Management and DISKPART.

FIX Windows 10 April 2018 Update Creates Extra Disk Partition

After researching a bit on this, we found that the newly introduced partition is actually the recovery partition. As we all know that recovery partition is hidden by default. But V1803 update may have assigned a drive letter to this partition and thus it become visible in File Explorer and other disk related snap-ins. This problem may be faced by the users who upgraded, rather than making clean install of V1803.

Recommended: Understanding different disk partitions in Windows 10.

There is no need to worry about new partition but if its annoying to you, remove its drive letter and it will become hidden again. It is advisable that you should not delete this extra partition or modify it, otherwise it may affect your system.

Below mentioned steps will show you how to remove the drive letter from this partition.

FIX: Windows 10 April 2018 Update Creates Extra Disk Partition

1. Right click on Start Button and select Command Prompt (Admin).

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2. In the Command Prompt window, type the commands mentioned in bold one-by-one and press Enter key after each:

list volume
select volume #                Replace # with the newly appeared partition number
remove letter="X"              Replace X with the newly appeared partition drive letter

FIX Windows 10 April 2018 Update Creates Extra Disk Partition

3. Close Command Prompt and reboot your machine. After restarting your system, the extra disk partition will no longer visible.

Hope this helps!

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  • Thank you Kapil! Solved the problem for me.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help 😎

  • TY

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Welcome!

  • Thank you. The problem is now resolved.

  • Can you assign this letter to another drive after you remove it? Thank you!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ I can’t see any benefit of doing so! Because the recovery partition is of no use for us.

  • Maybe I didn’t make the right question. So, I’ll try again. I had letter ‘F’ assigned to an external drive. Adobe Lightroom “remembers” that I have photos in that F: drive. After the update, which I did without that F: drive attached. After the update, Win10 assigned the ‘F’ letter to the “new” partition so now F: is a 450MB. I need to reassign the ‘F’ letter to that external drive again. I cannot do it(not allowed) with Disk Management. I want to try your solution. So what I am asking is if the ‘F’ letter will be available(to assign to my external drive) after this fix. I hope I am making sense and thanks for your time.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ I believe it should be available, you can give it a try and let me know how it goes.

  • Got access denied.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Make sure you’re admin and running Command Prompt as administrator.

  • You actually are a lifesaver.
    All the different tutorials I saw never shown pictures so I didn’t know if I was doing it correctly as well as many people kept saying volume 1, 2, 3 using the partition they had instead of telling us that ours might be a different volume number than theirs. Thanks heaps, the annoying space notification is gone!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad to help Alex 😎

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