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Windows 7: Quickly delete thousands of large files

14 Sep 2010   #1
wkw427

XP, 7 32/64bit
 
 
Quickly delete thousands of large files

I have a folder, and it has ~35,000 files in it, totaling about 90gb..

Is there any way for me to delete them all, permanently, and quickly? It takes 10seconds to 1min just to right click delete.
I don't need them, I don't want them to go to the recycle bin, I just want them unlisted so I can overwrite the space with more files...

If I do shift+delete, it still asks me if I want to send them to recycle bin


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14 Sep 2010   #2
Grimmjow

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

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15 Sep 2010   #3
Bob565656

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Besides the suggestion offered above, there is no way to do it quickly. It's not like a format where the entire drive is designated as "free space", the cpu would need to go 2 where every single file is stored and set it to free space.

You can try deleting the larger files first (in the order of Gb) or delete like 1000-2000 at a time, seems to work fine.
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15 Sep 2010   #4
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

When deleting a folder, the calculation time depends on not only the size of the files but also the number of files in the folder, the more files there are, the longer it takes. Thats why its best to separate files into multiple sub-folders if you have a large number of video/music files.

One thing you can try generally to quicly delete a large file is to right-click on the file, select Properties, then under the General tab select the Advanced button for Attributes and uncheck both options under the File Attributes section ('File is ready for archiving' and 'Allow this file to have contents indexed in addition to file properties'), then delete.
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15 Sep 2010   #5
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Heck, I was gonna say quick format of the drive.

Having said that, here is a program the "claims" to delete large numbers of files quickly. BUYER BEWARE (it's free), as I have no experience with this program. It is on CNET's download, which I feel comfortable with.

Fast Folder Eraser - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
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15 Sep 2010   #6
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

If you hold down the Ctrl Shift key when deleting files or folders, they will not go to the Recycle bin. No need to change any settings. It will still take awhile for Windows Explorer to figure out what needs to be deleted, but after that they will go away quickly.

An alternative would be to open a command prompt then change to the folder (Directory) the files are in. Once there and you are absolutely sure you are in the right place, enter:

del *

You will be prompted to be sure this is what you want to do, type y and press Enter.Like this:
Quote:
C:\WINDOWS\Temp>del *
C:\WINDOWS\Temp\*, Are you sure (Y/N)? y
If you then want to get rid of the folder as well, do this:
Quote:
cd ..
rd xxxxxxxxx (xxxxxxxx is the name of the folder. Place in double quotes if it contains spaces)
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15 Sep 2010   #7
gregrocker

 

If you have a spare empty partition, Move them there instantly then delete the partition.
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16 Sep 2010   #8
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I would also say using shift+delete when the folder is highlighted generally results in a fast, no recycle bin delete.
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16 Sep 2010   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If you use one of the option posted to delete with no recycle bin make sure you have picked the proper thing to remove because if you want it back later, will it get very difficult in not impossible.
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16 Sep 2010   #10
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Cluberti, you are right. It's shift, not Ctrl. I edited my post to correct it, thanks.
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