By Ivy / Last Updated March 13, 2018

About permanently deleting files?

In general, when your hard disk gets low disk space warning message, you will choose to delete some unused files or applications to free space. But, do the files be deleted permanently?

In fact, this operation cannot delete files forever. Because every file has its structure, including directory and blocks. When you delete files, you just remove the directory of it. If you want to permanently delete files from hard drive, you need to add new items to your hard drive and overwrite the deleted files.

When do you want to permanently erase files

1. Some files on the hard drive containviruses.

Viruses are everywhere. And you cannot make sure your hard drive will be safe forever. Thus, once your files on the hard drive are infected with viruses, you need to remove the files in order not to affect the entire hard drive.

2. Erasing the sensitive data on the hard drive before selling or purchasing.

Usually, after you use the computer for a period of time, you may meet various problems like low disk space problem. Thus, some users may want to sell the old computer or buy a new computer . However, the old computer contains sensitive information (eg: bank account information ) and users do not want anyone else to know.

To fix this problem, you are supposed to permanently delete these files from hard drive.

How to permanently delete files from hard drive?

Free partition manager: AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant is a free software, which devotes to partition management. With this software, you can permanently remove files from hard drive without effort. All the steps are easy to learn, even for a beginner.

And you can enjoy more useful features in this software, including Convert GPT to MBR, Merge Partitions, Migrate OS to SSD, etc. Also, this software can solve dozens of problem like dynamic disk invalid, Diskpart list volume there are no volumes, etc.

Detailed steps to permanently delete files from hard drive on Windows 10/8/7

Step 1. Download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, install and enjoy it.

Step 2. In the main page, click the disk you want to wipe and select Wipe Hard Drive.

Permanently Delete Files from Hard Drive

Step 3. If you ensure you want to permanently erase files from the hard drive, click OK to continue the next operation.


Step 4. In this window, you can preview the final result and click Apply.

Preview and Apply

Step 5. To start the operating, just click Proceed.


Step 6. This is the last step. You just need to wait and click OK after all the operations end.

Permanently Remove Files from Hard Drive

Notice: When you want to leave a period of time, It's a great option for you to tick the checkbox before “Shut down the computer after completing all operations” at the bottom of the window. In this way, you can leave there anytime you have something else to do.

Secure erase SSD with AOMEI Partition Assistant

If you want to permanently delete files from SSD, you cannot do as the way wiping an HDD. SSD is different from HDD. It has a limited number of writes. If you use the regular processes to clean SSD, it will actually leave data behind, and it may degrade the SSD's lifespan.

For this consideration, AOMEI Partition Assistant provides a useful function Secure Erase SSD Wizard, Which can secure erase data on SSD. You can follow the Secure Erase SSD Wizard at the left pane of the main interface.


AOMEI Partition Assistant can be a great choice if you want to permanently delete files from hard drive. And, you still can permanently remove files from SSD. All the operations can be finished in merely a few steps.

And this software offers you more advanced features, including Move Partition, Disk Copy Wizard, Delete all partition, etc. And it can solve many problems Windows does not, containing extend volume is disabled, mark partition as active greyed out, the selected disk of the GPT partition style, etc.