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[Solved] Preparing to Delete Takes Forever Windows 10, Windows 10/8/7 is Slow to Delete Files

Brithny updated on Nov 12, 2020 Partition Manager | How-to Articles

If you have 'preparing to delete takes forever Windows 10' or 'Windows 10 slow deleting files' problems, here are the solutions to try out.

Windows 10 Slow Deleting Files  

""I have cloned my D drive to a new HDD in Windows 10. So I try to delete all of the files and data on the D drive. However, Windows 10 takes a long time to delete files. I just want to delete files instantly, but Windows 10 preparing to delete takes forever before it deletes. Why does Windows 10 deleting files take so long?

I have 338GB data to delete, how can I deal with it? How to delete large files extremely fast on Windows 10?"

Windows 10 deleting files slow

Why Windows 10 Deleting Files Takes Long Time

On Windows 10, sometimes, you need to delete a large number of files, and using Shift+Delete with File Explorer can take a long time. The reason is that during the delete process, Windows 10 needs to run calculations, analyze, and show updates as files and folders are deleted, something that usually takes long time when deleting thousands of files and folders. And there are also some other causes of Windows 10 deleting files slow, for example:

  • Hard disk drive not running well 
  • Conflicts with other programs 
  • Problematic file system
  • Too many or too large files
  • Use File Explorer

Windows 10 Slow Deleting Files - How to Fix

We all know that when deleting or moving files on Windows 10, the large size of the files, the longer time it will take. However, sometimes Windows 10 is very slow and seems like the process won't end forever. Here are several solutions to help you delete files quickly and fix the slow issue.

Fix 1. Optimize the Hard Disk 

Whenever Win 10 takes a long time to delete files, the first thing we can do is to check the hard disk and optimize it.

Step 1. Go to My Computer, This PC, right-click on any drive, and choose properties.

Step 2. Go to the Tools tab and choose "Optimize"; under Optimize and Defragment drive.

Step 3. Select all the drivers and click on Analyze, if any drive shows that it needs optimizing, optimize it.

preparing to delete takes forever Windows 10

Fix 2. Check File System of Hard Disk

Another point of optimizing your disk to fix deleting files slow problem is checking your file check the integrity of the hard disk and fix various file system errors.

To fix the file system, the simplest way is using a free partition management tool - EaseUS Partition Master that can help you check and repair the corrupted or damaged file system with a few clicks.

This ultimate hard disk management software has the following stunning and free features:

  • Resize/move partitions, create, format, delete, and merge partitions
  • Copy and clone an entire disk to another even the target partition is smaller than the source
  • Convert a logical partition to primary or primary partition to logical, FAT32 to NTFS partition, MBR disk to GPT, or GPT disk to MBR
  • Completely wipe out all the data on the hard disk to prevent information from being leaked or recovered

Now, download and use this comprehensive partition master to check and repair the file system without effort.


Step 1: Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the hard drive partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and Cluster size for the partition to be formatted, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition on your hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

Fix 3. Run a Clean Boot in Windows 10

Performing clean booting for your computer can test software-related conflicts that can affect the normal operation of the computer. These conflicts can be caused by applications and services that start and run in the background when you normally start Windows.

To successfully perform a clean boot on Windows 10, log on as the administrator, then follow these steps:

Step 1. Type msconfig in start search and hit Enter to open the System Configuration Utility.

Step 2. Click the "General" tab, and then click "Selective startup". Check "Load System Services" and "Use Original boot configuration" options.

clean boot system configuration

Step 3. Click the Services tab. Select the "Hide All Microsoft Services" check box. Now click "Disable all".

hide all microsoft services

Step 4. Click "Apply/OK" and restart the computer. This will put Windows into a Clean Boot State. Then, check if the Windows is slow to delete files issue still exists.

Fix 4. Disable Remote Differential Compression

The Remote Differential Compression enables users to copy data using compression techniques. You can turn off this feature to troubleshoot Windows 10 slow deleting files.

Step 1. Type Windows Features in the search box to open the window.

Step 2. Uncheck "Remote Differential Compression API Support" and click "OK" to apply this option.

disable remote differential compression to fix Windows 10 deleting files slow

Once done, restart your computer and check the result.

Fix 5. Delete files Windows 10 with a Free File Cleanup Tool

EaseUS Tools M is a small and free PC cleanup tool that enables you to clean large files and junk files quickly and efficiently. If Windows 10 is slow to delete files, try this way to remove files fast.

Step 1. Correctly connect your memory card to your Mac. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. Start selecting the card and click Scan to let the software search for lost files on it.

select the sd card where data lost and click scan

Step 2. After a quick scan and deep scan, all files will be presented in the left panel in the scan results.

scan the sd card to find the lost data on it

Step 3. Select files you want to recover and click the "Recover Now" button. Don't save the recoverable files to the SD card itself in case of data overwriting.

scan the sd card to find the lost data on it

Fix 6. Use Command Prompt to Delete Files Fast Windows 10

Warning: Typing the wrong path may delete files in the wrong location, as such make sure to input correct command lines carefully.

Step 1. Open Start on Windows 10. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the result, and select the Run as administrator option.

Step 2. Type %USERPROFILE%\path\to\folder to find the folder that you want to delete and press Enter:

Step 3. Type del /f/q/s *.* > nul command to delete all the files in that folder without showing the output and press Enter: 

Step 4. Type cd.. to go back one level in the folder path and press Enter.

Step 5. Type rmdir /q/s foldername command to delete the folder and all its subfolders and press Enter.

use cmd to delete files to fix Windows 10 deleting files slow

To Sum Up

You can fix Windows 10 deleting files slow issue with the effective methods above. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact our technical support team for further help via live chat or email.

FAQs About Windows 10 Slow Deleting Files

The following problems are relevant to Windows 10 deleting files. If you also have these issues, find brief solutions here.

How do I delete thousands of files at once?

Step 1. Download and install EaseUS Tools M for free and install it on your computer.

Step 2. Launch EaseUS Tools M in Windows PC. Select Large File Cleanup on the main screen.

Step 3. Select the drive and click "Scan" to let the program locate, find all large files on your disk.

Step 4. Select useless large files and click "Delete" to permanently delete all the files at once.

How do I quickly delete files in Windows 10?

You can use the Del and Rmdir commands to remove a large number of files at a time:

1. Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, select command prompt and run as administrator.

2. Navigate to the folder that you want to delete.

3. Use the command DEL /F/Q/S *.* > NUL to delete all files in that folder structure.

4. Use cd.. to navigate to the parent folder afterwards.

5. Run the command RMDIR /Q/S foldername to delete the folder and all of its subfolders.

How can I permanently delete permanently deleted files in Windows 10?

If you want to delete a file permanently, select it. Then, instead of using the Delete feature, press Shift+Delete keys to permanently delete. The deleted files will bypass the recycle bin and won't be restored again unless you use a professional data recovery software. Or you can use EaseUS Tools M clean up tool to permanently remove files.

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