Accessing Folders With A Lot of Files

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I currently have a shared folder with approximately 84,000 pdf files in this folder.  All the pdf files are relatively small in size, less than 100k.

My problem is that when I click on the folder, it could take 2 minutes for the contents of the folder to appear because Windows does some sort of formatting before displaying the files in the folder.

Is there anything that can be done to speed up this process?  The files are stored on Windows 2003 R2 Server.
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First I would try disabling automatic thumbnails (if it's on)

If it isn't, or that doesn't help.....  Index that Location

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The THUMBS.DB File has been deleted.  The Folder has the following checkbox checked: Index this folder for faster searching.

Still takes a long time.

How do you re-index a location?

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Ctrl Panel -> Indexing Options -> Advanced -> Rebuild

Also just deleting Thumbs.db doesn't turn the feature off - In the Explorer window click on Organize -> Folder and Search Options -> View -> Make sure 'Always show icons, never thumbnails' is checked.

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Did both options.  Still no luck.

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Can you structure the folder differently by puttign the files into subfolders (.e.g by date)
It is going to take a while to 'paint' that numbe of files.

An alternative for techical people woudl be to use dos to manage the folder. unless you do a dir windows will not need to trawl through the list of files in the folder.

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That was going to be my next question.  The pdf files are scanned images of Time Cards.  The scanned images cover 7 years worth of time cards.

Will I get a benefit by adding subfolders, such as by year, and then re-organizing the files into their appropriate year?

If I created sub-folders by year, I would have 7 sub-folders and approximately 15,000 files in each sub-folder.
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It should definatly help. Try it with one folder first to see if it adequatly resolves you  issue. You can use the xcopy command in dos to achieve this easily.

e.g.
xcopy /d:01-01-2009 c:\old_folder c:\new_folder

will copy any files changed in 2009 from the folder Old_folder to the folder_new_folder

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Just note the xcopy command is a copy, not a move and you will need to make sure you have adequate space.

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Thank You Very Much

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