I have a windows 2000 Server, SP 4 with an 80 gig hard drive. There's very little free space left on the drive, about 100 megs. One of the files occupies 17 gig and I want to delete it. I'm wondering what's the "fastest" way to delete the file. In the past when I've tried something like this, the system has taken quite some time to delete the file, and CPU usage has gone to 100% during the delete process, sometimes as long as 20 minutes. In the past when I've deleted a file like this, I've done it remotely, via an ftp client.
If I issued the delete order via the Windows Explorer GUI, or via the command prompt, would the delete occur faster?