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What to do if you can't delete a file

In this article you will find out:

  • why can't you delete files
  • 3 ways to forcibly remove files
  • how to protect your data

Are you ready? Let's read!

Why can't you delete files?

Can't delete files

Most often, a file is inaccessible due to its use by another program, file blocking, or a virus attack. Sometimes, you may not even know that the file is being used by another program that is working offline. Therefore, it is not always possible to immediately understand what is happening and why it is impossible to delete the file.

To begin with, you can just try to restart your computer. This will close all running programs and get rid of single system failures.

After that, you can run an antivirus application and find out if there is a virus on your computer and get rid of it.

You want to delete files or an entire folder, but you can't do that?

Solution 1: Force delete

For this, use the Task Manager, which can be opened by right-clicking on the taskbar. As soon as you get to the Task Manager, find the application that is currently using the file. Then select “End Task” and try deleting the file from Windows again.

Solution 2: Use Command Prompt to delete a file or folder

To do this, first copy or write down the location of the file that cannot be deleted and then open Command Prompt with administrator rights. Next, enter "del" and the previously recorded location of the folder or file, and press Enter (for example, del c: \ users \ Job Corn \ Desktop \ text.txt).

Solution 3: Enter Safe Mode and unlock files

In Safe Mode, you can unlock and delete a file.

In the Computer Settings, click on the “Update & Security” section. Next, click on the "Recovery" subsection and select "Advanced Startup". Now select "Restart Now". Once you see the option "Troubleshoot", select it and then click on "Advanced Options". In Startup Options, select “Safe Mode” and wait for your computer to boot into Safe Mode. Next, using Explorer, find and then delete files or folders previously inaccessible for deletion. After rebooting, you will return to normal mode.

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DiskInternals Partition Recovery has a built-in Recovery Wizard, with which the whole process of recovering a damaged hard drive will seem easy and simple, even fun. Take advantage of the free trial version of the software (with preview function); it doesn't commit you to anything, but you will find that this tool is what you need. Recovery of a hard disk or its partitions occurs remotely over the network. All recovered files can be saved on any disks visible to the operating system after purchasing a license.

Detailed instructions for DiskInternals Partition Recovery will help you avoid mistakes and be more confident when recovering data.

1. Download and run DiskInternals Partition Recovery on your computer or laptop.

2. The Recovery Wizard will start automatically.

3. Select the Disk Recovery Wizard mode: "reader", "uneraser" or "recovery".

4. Select the type of files you want to recover or skip this step (you can do this later).

5. Scanning will take some time. Don't worry if this process takes long; it depends on the size of your external hard drive.

6. The preview will be free for you.

7. Saving, as mentioned above, will be available if you have a license agreement.

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