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Remove very large folder on Windows

Posted on 2011-02-21
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I have a very large folder containing 600000 files. I want to remove it as fast as possible. How do I do that?
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Question by:Frans_Truyens
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by:woolnoir
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rmdir /s /q folder

doing it through windows explorer will take an age due to the estimation calculations it uses, the command prompt will be 'almost' instant in theory.
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in command prompt type: del /s /q FolderToDelete
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There is also a difference between deleting and 'shift deleting' in windows as the latter avoids the copy to the recycle bin. Fast copy as suggested above is a good option, but often not much faster than windows explorer.

Id try the 'rmdir' approach i stated above, or the del as Tominov suggests, see which works best for you.
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by:Kris Montgomery
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I have found that FastCopy is the very fastest method to delete many files:
http://ipmsg.org/tools/fastcopy.html.en

Can also be used for copying, but I have primarily used it for deleting.

Lastly, it has a GUI, but you can also use it in command line.  If you are regularly deleting that many files, you may want to write a quick batch file for deleting specific folder files.

Thanks.
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Thanks a llot. This solved my problem.
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