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Windows 7: Explorer SLOW on large folders

15 Jul 2009   #11
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 7echno7im View Post
You can try this. Supported by MS too. It helps with huge folders and files with many files and dirs.

How to Disable the 8.3 Name Creation on NTFS Partitions
Interesting, I'd have thought they'd have disabled it by default in x64, seeing as it is unable to run 16 bit applications. They were the reason they were keeping 8.3 around...


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15 Jul 2009   #12
7echno7im

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fakeasdf View Post
Interesting, I'd have thought they'd have disabled it by default in x64, seeing as it is unable to run 16 bit applications. They were the reason they were keeping 8.3 around...

Well there are other uses, and 8.3 names will be created forever it seems. 16-bit was just one use for these types of names.
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19 Jul 2009   #13
dcostalis

Windows 7 RTM 64-bit
 
 

8.3 helps with indexing speed. 11 characters * number of folders instead of hundreds.
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19 Jul 2009   #14
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dcostalis View Post
8.3 helps with indexing speed. 11 characters * number of folders instead of hundreds.
Unfortunately they can't just index an 8.3 version of folders and files. Searching through indexed 8.3 values would give only partial results, requiring the system to turn around and re-search all of the files and folders real names...
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19 Jul 2009   #15
7echno7im

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dcostalis View Post
8.3 helps with indexing speed. 11 characters * number of folders instead of hundreds.

Can you quote a source where this would be beneficial? 8.3 name create was for compatibility with legacy apps, which is 99.99% not needed any more. This process just creates a duplicate naming scheme that is compatible with older apps. How would indexing need or be affected by this?

From what I read, Windows indexing may or may not be able to index 8.3 names depending on the punctuation. But if there is not need for 8.3 names, there would be no need to index them. Correct me if I am wrong.

Everywhere I read, the 8.3 naming convention degrades performance and can be disabled with almost no impact on compatibility unless you are running really, really, really, old apps, for which an older operating system may be a better choice.
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29 Nov 2009   #16
HDRock

windows 7
 
 
Folders Slow

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Hmmm, may have a fix for this. By default folders come up set to "Optimize this folder for: General" but swithcing folders with a lot of files over to "Documents" seems to stop Explorer from trying to figure out anything about the files that is not already in the file tables.

Nothing like asking about a problem to make you REALLy try to figure it out :/
Thank you for this. I was trying to organize my videos folder on a network drive, from my windows 7 machine
That folder is 180 GBS ,it was ridiculously slow,it was set to optimize,videos.
I changed it to General, Documents, Pictures, and Music, they all worked fine.
???Should I set this to, (also apply this template to all subfolders)???
Thanks Again
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29 Nov 2009   #17
Asmokki

win 7 ultimate x64
 
 

plz do post me the instructions for me to do this for whole partitions...
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