Why can I not delete files or folders on my Windows 7 computer with low disk space?

Guido Inoc March 20, 2013

I have Windows 7 installed on my PC. After a couple of months the disk space is low. I tried to delete some files, but I’m unable to delete it. Is there anyone here knows this problem?

  1. Mark mohan
    April 8, 2013 at 9:47 am


    You can take a chance with Kernel File Shredder Tool, The tool operates on computer hard disk and helps in permanently removing files and folders from temporary Internet files, Recycle Bin, Internet Cookies and Internet temporary files of a Window OS.

    March 25, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Hello, can you be a little bit more precise about the kind of files you are trying to delete? Most times when a file can not be deleted is because it is still in use by the system or a program. If you want to save some space in your system, you could try reducing the space for recycle bin, restore points, temporary files, etc.

    Also if your hard drive does not have that much space, you might want to consider getting an external hard drive and move some of your stuff there.

  3. Home Less
    March 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    You need to use SHIFT+DELETE


    Clear your recycle bin
    You can use Ccleaner or Auslogics BoostSpeed

  4. Issam Se
    March 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Try starting Windows in "Safe Mode" - F8 before Windows Starts then select "Safe Mode" (not Safe Mode with networking). Empty the Recycle Bin and then try removing programs.

  5. Alan Wade
    March 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Run an app called Privazer available here:

    That really gets into the nooks and crannies to clean out un-neccëssary junk.
    Once you have run that, restart your machine in 'Safe Mode' and then delete any unwanted files that are still stubborn.

  6. Prashant M
    March 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

    If you dont have Administrator rights you will not be able delete those files. But if you have Admin rights and still cant delete then try with unlocker
    You can download from here http://tinyurl.com/2eyx3j

  7. Cindy Young
    March 21, 2013 at 7:52 am

    empty your recycle bin, and delete again. if not work, use software, such as CCleaner to delete them.

  8. pp potana
    March 21, 2013 at 5:35 am

    What are you trying to delete? If you are trying to delete some files in windows partition....as people told you need admin rights and it is not even suggested to delete with out knowing their functionality..Try to use Ccleaner to delete temporary files.

  9. Jim Chambers
    March 21, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Move, not copy, a GB of your files - NOT PROGRAMS - to a flashdrive or external HDD and use Ccleaner to delete junk files, bloatware and any unwanted programs. Archive and organize files you want to keep on an external HDD. Delete unwanted files using shift-delete. Get another larger HDD for your PC.

    • Jim Chambers
      March 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      NOTE: Ccleaner and similar programs only clean crap files from the active user account. If you have several accounts, go into each and run it. Under Options/Settings you can set it to run on each start up.

  10. fernandosho
    March 21, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Try this program called "Long Path Tool"just click or copy and paste this link

    http://LongPathTool.com into the url bar .This program will help you resolve this

    kind of problem.

  11. julien croy
    March 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Make sure you run as admin, ...what are you trying to delete?

  12. Bruce Epper
    March 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    What files and folders are you trying to delete? Are they system files/folders? Are you attempting to simply remove program files without using the Add/Remove Programs (XP) or Programs and Features (Vista/7) control panel applets? Are you attempting to delete another user's shared data files from another limited user account or are you the owner of the files in question?

  13. Chris Marcoe
    March 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    What kind of files are they? Jsut things like .docx and .xmls? Or are you talking programs?

  14. Harshit Jain
    March 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Run your administrator account to delete the files. If it fails, then install this softwarehttp://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/Unlocker.shtml

    Right click the file or folder to be deleted and click unlocker, then click delete from the options. Your file will be deleted.

  15. SaapeXD MoHods
    March 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    If you are deleting by just pressing DELETE Key on the Keyboard instead of SHIFT+DELETE, then you might get Error when on low Disk Space.

    The Deleted items go to recycle bin and if there are no space to recycle them, Erroe! ( Check Recycle Bin and Clear All items in the Recycle bin)

    When you Clean up some space, install Ccleaner , get the trash files removed and uninstall unnecessary softwares (crapwares) ! =D

    • Home Less
      March 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      I recommended this answer
      You need to use SHIFT+DELETE


      Clear your recycle bin
      You can use Ccleaner

  16. 1hegame
    March 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Let me be more clear about CCleaner. How it can free up your free disk space. When you delete files from Recycle Bin or delete them permanently it actually not free up space. The free space is always an illusion. When you delete more files. Previous deleted ones just gets overwritten. Go to Ccleaner's Tools > Drive Wiper and wipe up all free space in all Drives. Now you really have empty space. BTW you should also mention your total space in different Drives.

    Also you may be interested in this article - Delete Duplicate Files Quickly With These Tools if you have them.

    • Bruce Epper
      March 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      When you delete files from the Recycle Bin or permanently delete them, it DOES actually free up space. Just because there is still data in the free space, does not mean that it cannot be used. All of those sectors have been marked as available for use again, therefore the space is free and the space will be reallocated and overwritten as needed.

  17. Oron Joffe
    March 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    It's very difficult to diagnose without having all the details (for for ALL the details, we'd need to have access to your PC...). However, I suggest you use start by using a utility such as SpaceSniffer or WinDirStat which will show you what is taking up the most space on the disc (and of course, how full your disc actually is). Once you have done that, you'll be in better position to make a decision what to delete (if anything).

    One way to free up some space is to remove some (but not all!) system restore points (CCleaner has an option for that under "Tools"). There are also a variety of backup files in the Windows folder which can be deleted safely *provided that the problem is not with Windows itself*. However, I'd start by looking at the numbers as explained above.

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    March 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

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  19. Nevzat A
    March 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    If you don't have Administrative rights on the computer, you can't change system files. Either logon with Administrator account or boot into safe mode. You can also use "Disk Cleanup tool" to free up some space, refer to here : [Broken Link Removed]

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