How to Fix the “Cannot Delete Files” Error

Many people may have encountered the situation that you want to delete a file only to turn out that “cannot delete files“. You may wonder why this error appears. So in this article, I am going to tell you the most possible reasons so that you can solve the error by yourself. Or in the second part of this article, you will see three common solutions offered.

Part 1. The reasons why “cannot delete files” error occurs

Reason 1. The data files you want to delete is in use

Sometimes, you have stored a file after editing with the “Save as” window in a new location. Then you try to delete the original file with it launching. Then you will get a “the file cannot be deleted” message because it is still in use.

Reason 2. You are not permitted to get access to the file

Sometimes, the file you want to delete only allows a limited person with the password. And sometimes, a corrupted file will reject to be deleted too.

Reason 3. The name of the file is invalid

This often happens you delete the file with the command prompt. When you input the name of the data file that you want to delete, you have by accident added space into it. As we know, the space in the name of a data file is not allowed. Just check if there is a space in the name of the data file.

Reason 4. The name contains a reserved name

This happens only on the Win32 computer. Some specific names are for the reserved files, especially the system files. You can rename the file with the specific name with a non-Win 32 computer.

Part 2. Three ways to fix the “cannot delete files” issue

Solution 1.

If you see the “the file cannot be deleted” message, just check if the data file is in use. You can right-click on the toolbar on the desktop, and choose the “Task Manager” > “Application” to see all the running processes. And then, you can also close the file with the help of the “End Task” option on the “Task Manager”, which can close all the processes.

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Solution 2.

You can delete a corrupted file with the help of the Chkdsk utility. The tool can correct the errors if there is any problem sectors of the file.

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Solution 3.

If there is some wrong with the file name, you can simply rename the name with problem. First, you need a non-Win 32 program. It is a pity that this way is more likely to be suitable for the experts, because it is kind of hard to understand.

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PS: you can also learn more about How to Delete the Locked Files and How to fix directory name is invalid on Windows 10 easily.

Part 3. Tips for the sake of your data secure

It is easy to solve the problems so that you can successfully delete the data files with ease. But there is also need to protect the rest of the data files, say the data files that you don’t want to delete. In this time, you need some secure tools on your computer. The Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 9 is a secure tool that I would like to recommend. There are many functions on it, which can help you to protect your computer on all aspects.