Windows 2000 server - slow directory listing

Posted on 2006-04-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
On our Windows 2000 Server DC,we have a folder on the hard drive that holds 26,000 '.wav' sound files. Between 10k and 6MB in size.

When I click on the directory in explorer, explorer freezes for 20 seconds before the contents of the directory are listed.

This can be inconvenient at times. I wonder if windows is looking up bitrates, etc for the wav files before listing the directory.

Is there a way to speed up the directory listing?


Question by:LeeGolding
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    You can look at your windows explorer view and see if there something unusual with the file types and file icons. If you have some program installed that tries to calculate something for each file probably the type or the icon will show you.

    But apart from that 26,000 of files is a big number so it is possible that these 20 seconds reflects just the big number of files in the folder.

    Author Comment

    Got it. It was the 'Caching' settings of the folder. I set it to disable caching for this folder and it now takes 3-4 seconds rather than 20 plus.

    Thanks for your time anyway.

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    I'm glad you've solved the problem! :)

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