Automation File Delete

Posted on 2011-03-11
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I need an automated routine that will fire at midnight and delete every file in a specific folder.

Can someone point me at the right application?

.bat file?
Question by:webdork
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Expert Comment

ID: 35112722
batch files are a good starting point.  The open source program xdel offers quite a bit of extended functionality on delete operations as well.

Expert Comment

ID: 35112728
Oh and you'll want to use Scheduled Tasks to execute the batch file (even while a user is logged off, make SURE you end up entering a username and password).
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by:Bill Prew
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Yes, a BAT file could be a good solution to this.  It could be as simple as:

@echo off
del /Q "c:\temp\*.*"

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if you wanted to remove all files in the c:\temp folder.  If you need more elaborate criteria for the deletion like file size or age, then you may want to look at a more advanced script language like VB Script or PowerShell.  Or look at some of the free utilities that exist and support that.  I won't share any unless you come back with needs that require them.

Once you vreate the BAT file you can schedule it with the Windows task scheduler, take a look at this tutorial.

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Author Comment

ID: 35113212
Thanks billprew-- seems simple enough. What is the Q switch?
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Bill Prew earned 500 total points
ID: 35113657
The /Q is for "quiet mode", which tells the DEL command not to prompt for confirmation when deleting multiple files via wildcard.

You can always get a summary of command switches by doing the command followed by a /?, kike:

DEL /?


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ID: 35117787
Thank you. Simple is good...

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