VB Script or Batch File to Delete Files and Folder Except for Two Specified Folders That Should not be Deleted

Posted on 2013-10-30
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Last Modified: 2013-11-04
I'm looking for a VB script or batch file that can delete all files and folders in a nested directory structure except for two specific folders.  An example is:


Delete all files and folders except for:


I would appreciate any advice on how to do this.

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by:Bill Prew
ID: 39613181
So, for the folders not to be deleted, do you want to specify just the folder name, or the full path to that folder? So in you example, do you want to specify


or just



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ID: 39614432
I would like to specify the full path to the folders that should not be deleted.

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Bill Prew earned 2000 total points
ID: 39615714
Okay, give this a try, adjust paths as needed in the top section.

' Define the folder to scan, and the age of files to delete
Const strBaseDir = "C:\test\nextlevel\nextlevel"

' Create a dictionary to hold the list of folders to skip
Set dicSkip = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")
dicSkip.CompareMode = vbTextCompare

' Add the folders to the dictionary
dicSkip.Add "C:\test\nextlevel\nextlevel\dontdelete1", 0
dicSkip.Add "C:\test\nextlevel\nextlevel\dontdelete2", 0

' Set up filesystem object for usage
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

' Look for files
PurgeFolder objFSO.GetFolder(strBaseDir)

' Subroutine (recursive) to search for files to delete
Sub PurgeFolder(objFolder)
   ' Skip any folders we don't want to process
   If Not dicSkip.Exists(objFolder.Path) Then

       ' Look at all files in this folder
       For Each objFile In objFolder.Files
            ' WScript.StdOut.WriteLine "Deleted:" & objFile.Path

       ' Recursively drill down into subfolder
       For Each objSubFolder In objFolder.SubFolders
           PurgeFolder objSubFolder

       ' If folder is now empty, remove it
       If objFolder.Files.Count = 0 And objFolder.Subfolders.Count = 0 Then
          ' Wscript.Echo "Deleted folder: " & objFolder.Path
       End If

   End If
End Sub

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 39622756
Thanks very much!  This works exactly the way I need it to.
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by:Bill Prew
ID: 39622801
Great, glad that helped.


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