By Emily / Last Updated May 8, 2021

“Files won’t delete in Windows 10?”

I've been deleting files like this every week for a couple of years. They're backup files and large so I must delete one to make a new backup. The file is on an external drive. When I try to delete it I get the message "Folder access denied" (it's not a folder, it's a file) "You'll need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder."It has never required administrator privileges before and I am an administrator. It simply won't delete. Please help!

Being unable to delete some files or folder might be one of the most common problems Windows users are noticing in Windows 10. If you’re facing the same issue at present, you can use some specialized software to delete undeletable files from Windows 10/8/7.

Best free file deleter you can try

We often need to remove specific files from our computer, but sometimes, we cannot delete certain files or folder from some unknown reasons. Thus a professional file deletion tool is necessary for help. Besides, if we want to permanently delete files in Windows 10, we also need to use a professional file remover. That’s because the manually deleted files are still somewhere on the computer and can be recovered by some programs if they are not overwritten by new data.

Therefore, to successfully shred undeletable files, or completely remove files to prevent data recovery in Windows PC, we have to turn to a reliable file remover like AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This freeware can completely wipe the files (including the undeletable ones) and overwritten them with zeros, then any data recovery tool cannot restore our private information. Moreover, this shredding method can also prevent virus files from regeneration. Now you can download the free file shredder and follow the stepwise guide below.

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Steps to delete undeletable files in Windows 10/8/7

To remove some files that you cannot delete with the “Delete”option in Windows 10, 8, 7, you can refer to the following steps.

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

Shred Files

Step 2. In the pop-out “Shred Files” window, you can choose “Add Files” or “Add Folder” option to add the files or folders that need to be deleted.

Add Files Folders

Step 3. Here, we select “Add Files” to open the files window, and then pick the target files, or you can directly drag the files or folders into this window.

Select Items

Step 4. After adding all the target files, you can see them in the “Name” list. If you want to remove one or more files from the list, just untick it. You can also put the mouse on the file or folder path and double click the path to open it.

Remove Files

Step 5. When the files are confirms correctly, now you have to choose the shredding method: Write Zero.

Shred Method

★★★In the free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard version, only the “Write Zero” shredding method can be chosen. If you want to choose another three methods, please upgrade to Professional edition.

Step 6. Then click on the “Shred” button. In the pop-out mini window, click “Yes” to confirm your decision and start to delete files.

Yes

Step 7. When all the added files or folders are deleted, you will see the message “All files/folders have been shredded completely” on the top.

Completed

Summary

From above, we can conclude that AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a free yet powerful free file deleter for Windows 10/8/7 computer. It is easy to follow for either experts or newbies. Apart from deleting files or folders, it also allows you to wipe a partition, wipe USB flash drive, SD card, HDD and other types of hard drives. If you need to shred files on Windows Server 2019/2016/2012(R2)/2008(R2)/2003, please try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.