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[Solved] Windows 10/8/7 is Slow to Delete Files

Updated on Nov 30, 2018 by Brithny to Partition Manager

When you are trying to delete a large amount of files, Windows 10/8/7 seems to take forever to delete files. It is taking too long to delete files. Here are the simple solutions to fix the Windows slow to delete files and folders problem.

My Windows 7 Takes Forever to Delete Files.

I have cloned my D drive to a new HDD in Windows 7. So I try to delete all of the files and data on it. However, it is taking a huge amount of time to delete files. I have timed a few of these:

Single File Delete Time
2.6 GB 2 minutes 14 seconds
1.9 GB 1 minute 44 seconds
230 MB 0 minutes 24 seconds


Most of the time the dialog window that pops up says "Calculating..." I have 338GB data to delete, how can I deal with it? My computer is so slow to delete files! Please help!

How to Delete Files Quickly and Effectively

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.

Solution 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.

  • Go to My Computer, This PC, right click on any drive and choose properties.
  • Go to Tools tab and choose "Optimize"; under Optimize and Defragment drive.
  • Select all the drivers and click on Analyze, if any drive shows that it needs optimizing, optimize it.

Solution 2. Quickly Delete all Files - Format the Partition/Disk

If you want to delete large files quickly, it is a good idea to format the partition. It is a time-saving choice. You don't have to worry about the slow Windows 10/8/7. It just takes a few minutes and you can clear all data on that partition.

EaseUS partition software is a popular disk partition management tool which is available for all hard disk related jobs such as format disk partition, extend system partition, settle low disk space problem, convert MBR to GPT without data loss and vice versa. You can try it whenever your computer is extremely slow to delete files.

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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
  • When this process finishes, you are able to delete all data on the selected drive immediately.
  • All the data on this partition will be deleted after format. 

Solution 3. Delete Large Files - Remove Them

If your Windows 10 computer still stuck in deleting files after trying the solutions above, you may need some professional help. Download and try EaseUS Partition Master, the professional PC cleaner and optimizer to speed up your computer to gain its top performance.


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Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master in Windows PC. Select "Tools" and click "System Optimization".

Step 2: Choose the right feature - Large File Cleanup that you need to locate, find and delete large files from PC.

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

Step 4: Identify and select useless large files and click "Delete" to remove those files from your PC or laptop. A message tells you this process will permanently delete the files, click "Yes" to start the process.

With the effective solutions above, Windows 10 copying or deleting files slow issue must be fixed successfully. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us.