loads of small files are killing my system.
Posted on 2001-06-07
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.