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Windows 7: How to delete 8 million files

03 Oct 2014   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Let me reiterate what JDobbsy has said - fire up a Linux LiveCD, and get 'er done.

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03 Oct 2014   #12

Windows 7 Professional x64

I got Ubuntu up on my machine. I was a stranger in a very strange land.
I'm reading about reallllllly basic Linux commands. Traveling this weekend, won't be back 'til Monday.

I'm liking the Linux option more and more. I just need to be able to run three or four simple commands.
For example, MOUNT

The backup/restore option is also viable, assuming I could get the backup to skip the problem directory.

Another idea occurred - is the Windows directory sacred? Could I copy the Windows directory, excluding the problem directory, then do a double rename? I've seen posts here and there about "Can't do [whatever] with WINDOWS.OLD"

I'm impressed by the generosity of the people on this forum. Be patient with me.

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03 Oct 2014   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

The Windows Folder is the Operating System along with a couple of others, I find it best to leave it alone. The Windows.old Folder is where Windows files from the previous install get moved to when reinstalling but not always with a 'clean' install. I haven't had many problems removing it but I make sure to get my data first such as Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos, Favorites, Contacts, etc., first.
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08 Oct 2014   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64

Progress report

I've tried Ubuntu (and Knoppix).
Somewhere there is a sign that reads: You must be this smart to run Linux.
Regrettably, I'm not that smart.

I looked for a KILLDIR program. There was one, but it doesn't work anymore. Long filenames, NTFS, dunno. Maybe it was needed once but no longer.

I thought about backup/restore.

Ultimately, about 48 hours ago, I issued a remove directory command from a CMD prompt, and it's working away. Now down to about four (4) million files. Another couple of days and either this will be over with, or some other catastrophe will occur. If that's what it takes, that's OK - I've had this problem for far longer than four or five days.

Many, many thanks to all who responded. The responses were thoughtful and useful (well, they would have been if only I were smarter).

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