loads of small files are killing my system.

Posted on 2001-06-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I have ten million small files on my system in a complicated directory system. Everything works fine except when deleting files and switching off. It takes about 10 min to delete one tiny file, and half an hour at least to switch the machine off.

I can't avoid having the uncompressed separate files, or tinker about with drive partitions. Does anyone know (a) precisely why this is happening - I assume that Windows is rationalising its file pointer system (b) if there is a windows option that can avoid this, e.g. "Allow inefficient file pointing" or something similar. A different machine, compression or any kind of partition is not an option. Honest.
Question by:MikeThelwall
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ID: 6164585
Make sure youe have lots of RAM, and that the partiton is NTFS.
Beyond that , check the MS knowledge base !

I hope this helps !

Author Comment

ID: 6177647
Thanks - I've got the max RAM for my sys (512M) & NTFS. Can't find anything on the knowledge base - perhaps I'm not looking in the right place.
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ID: 6177890
OK, 2 more things that might help.

1) Scandisk and Defrag.

You should look up disk keeper defrag for NT, it may help.

2) A faster hard drive or RAID.

I hope this helps !

Accepted Solution

WilliamGates earned 200 total points
ID: 6216434
It sounds like the recycle bin is your problem. When files are 'deleted' they get munged by the recyc bin, which subsequently periodically rationalises itself to delete old files. If you have loads of files in it and it is nearly full, deleting will cause an immediate rationalisation - hence the long delay with many files to process.

The solution is simple, if you can get away with it: disable the recycle bin on any drives that have the small files. Right click on it to get the disable bit.

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ID: 6217618
Thanks!!!!! It works like magic, and simple too...

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