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Windows 7: Speeding up browsing of large folders

15 Jan 2012   #11
wallywalters

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, Details View is my default -- I should have mentioned that -- and the optimize type is set for "General Items."

I believe this really is a problem of Explorer having to read in every last file name before let me start seeing any of them, and opening these folders would be slow on any Windows machine. That's why I wondered if turning on Indexing would speed up browsing, or if its supposed speed advantages are limited to searching.


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15 Jan 2012   #12
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Do this simple test. Open a command window, issue "dir" on the directory in question. How long does it take to get a listing?
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15 Jan 2012   #13
wallywalters

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just a few seconds. The file names are displayed the instant they are enumerated. For some reason, the enumerating in Windows takes much, much longer. This is true whethe 8.3 filenames are turned on or off.
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15 Jan 2012   #14
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Its probably because the MFT is scattered way too much.
You should look into dragging it.
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15 Jan 2012   #15
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Wally defragging might help and won't hurt. Those large files could be scattered all over your hard drive.
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15 Jan 2012   #16
wallywalters

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Layback Bear, but I already did that. (And none of the files are all that large; most are 300K and under).

Logicearth, I'm curious as to what you mean by "dragging" the MFT. I don't think I've ever heard the term before.

Also, if anyone else reading this has any folders with 3000-4000 files in it, how long does it usually take you to open it?
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15 Jan 2012   #17
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I've got a picture folder with 7505 images in it, 2.56GB, and it opens instantly.
Also one with 4379 images, 659MB.

Others are less than 1500 files, but they all open up instantly.
They are all on a WD 2TB EARX Green Drive as well.
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15 Jan 2012   #18
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallywalters View Post
Thanks Layback Bear, but I already did that. (And none of the files are all that large; most are 300K and under).

Logicearth, I'm curious as to what you mean by "dragging" the MFT. I don't think I've ever heard the term before.

Also, if anyone else reading this has any folders with 3000-4000 files in it, how long does it usually take you to open it?
Something seems strange. I would try defrag with Puran Defrag:
Puran Software - Quality First

On the Additional Operations Tab check the top 4 options.
It might be a good idea to use something like CCleaner to remove temp files, empty recycle bin, and delete all but one restore point(if you use them) before doing the defrag. Puran is one of what I categorize as "light defraggers" in that they don't do 10 hour super thorough defrags. They run quickly but give good results for the time invested. Doesn't drub your HD to death in other words.
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16 Jan 2012   #19
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

I have used many defrag programs but not Puran. I have found that the built in Windows 7 works as well as all the others I have tried.
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16 Jan 2012   #20
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I have used many defrag programs but not Puran. I have found that the built in Windows 7 works as well as all the others I have tried.
I have negative memories of windows defrag. When I brought home my first Vista PC and started defragging with jkDefrag, right in the middle of that defrag, Windows Defrag started. Seems they put it in the task scheduler without mentioning it. Also didn't include a way to determine if the HD was idle before starting. Not very user friendly.

edit: the defraggers are similar because except for the super thorough sector by sector types, they use the WinAPI defrag calls. I like Puran. It gives options that optimize but don't take forever. The one that takes the most run time is Fill Gaps. But I only do that maybe once a month. Even that doesn't take very long if you have a lot of free space on the drive.
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