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Can having to many files or folders within a folder slow down a server?

If I had like 30,000+ folders within a folder, would that slow down a server?  I have a windows and a linux server which both have a folder that has tons of folders in it.
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What kind of file system in Linux are you talking about?  Inode based or not?
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Short answer: no

Long answer: let me know if you want a long answer and I'll type a lot :)
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Having many files that are unused or many folders/files that are used as a file share?
OR other means are available/used to access the files?

Your question is similar to I have 3000 pounds worth of tools/hardware would that slow down my truck?
Without the detail on whether those tools/hardware is on the truck partially or as a whole, it is impossible to answer the question dealing with the impact on the trucks performance.
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Having 30,000+ folders within a folder will not slow down your server, but accessing any files/folders within that structure certainly will affect performance seriously :-)

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Yes those files are accessed daily, probably 100s of the files are accessed multiple times a day.

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