By Emily / Last Updated May 8, 2021

When do you need to delete files or folders?

Sometimes, you may need to delete some files or folders. For example, too many files take up much drive space; deleting them can help free up disk space. Besides, prior to reselling, throwing away or disposing of your old hard drive, it is also advised to first delete all files or folders to protect your sensitive information against identity thefts.

Although it is easy to remove any file or folder through the Windows “Delete” option in File Explorer, the deleted files are not lost forever, and anyone can restore them with an appropriate tool. However, what if you don’t want them to be recovered and plan to erase them completely forever, especially when they contain some private data? To do that, you have to make sure they are not just deleted, but also overwritten. Today, we will share the best software to delete any file or folder on Windows computer.

Top software to delete any file or folder in Windows PC

Among all available software for deleting files or folders, the free partition manager named AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is highly recommended for all editions of Windows 10/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista (both 32-bit and 64-bit) users. This software develops the “File Shredder” function, which can help shred stubborn files or folders and overwrite them with zeros. Its intuitive and user-friendly interface makes the whole file shredding process easy to follow for everyone. Now, you can download the software and delete any file/folder by the following steps.

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Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click on “All Tools” and choose “Shred Files”.

Shred Files

Step 2. In the pop-out window, click on “Add Files” or “Add Folders” to open the local disk drive and all files or folders.

Select Folder and Files

Step 3. Then choose the target item you plan to delete completely from your computer. To choose more than one file or folder, click the first file or folder, and then press and hold the “Shift” or “Ctrl” key.

Select Files

Step 4. Back to the main interface, all the selected files or folders will be list based on the selection sequence under “Name”. You can click “Remove” to remove the selected item.

Remove Files

Step 5. Choose the shredding method “Write Zero”. To choose 3 other advanced erasure methods, please upgrade to Professional edition.

Shred Method

Step 6. After everything is OK, press “Shred” to begin deleting files or folders.

Step 7. When the task is done, you can see the “All files/folders have been shredded completely” message on the status bar.

Completed

This is how to delete some files or folders via the software in Windows 10, 8, 7. Besides, if you want to totally delete all files or folders stored on one partition, you can use its “Wipe Partition” feature; it will erase a partition and overwrite every sector with zeros.

Wipe D Partition

Moreover, if you decide to delete all files or folders on one hard disk drive, you can make use of the “Wipe Hard Drive” function. If it is an SSD drive, the “SSD Secure Erase” feature of the Professional edition is a proper solution.

Summary

With the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant software, deleting any files or folders can be as easy as A, B, C. In addition, it is not only a reliable file shredder, but also a comprehensive disk partition manager. It allows you to easily transfer OS to SSD without reinstalling everything, clone partition to another hard drive, clone HDD/SSD, change partition styles between MBR and GPT without deleting partitions, etc. If you are a Windows Server users, please go for the AOMEI Partition Assistant Server edition.