VB Code to look in all directories

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gmoukled

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I am new to VB 6.0, and I need a code that looks for specific folders and files in my C drive and delete all the files that are older than 2 years.

My C drive has a lot of folders and sub folders...

I would like my code to go through the first folder and keep drilling in all the subfolders until it hits the end, and then go back to second folder and do the same etc..., looking for any folder or file older than 2 years.

Now i do not want the code to delete the folder or file according to the date it was modified , but according to its name.
The names are of 2 different forms: "yyyy-mm-dd" and "yyyy_mm_dd" ( note the difference between the dash and the underscore)

for example: today is 2011-11-30, so my code will look for anything earlier than 2009-11-30 and delete it.


I know this is a bit complicated, I tried to do some research but i did not succeed!

Your help is appreciated.

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Squashman

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So you are saying the created date is in the file name?
Wouldn't the created date in the file name be the same as the created date within the file attribute?
VB6 is last Century. Why are you still using that?
 

gmoukled

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Let me make this clearer.
Say a file was originally created 3 years ago, so its name would be 2008-11-30. But some one might modified its content say a year after. So its name would be still 2008-11-30 but the date it was modified would change to 2009-11-30. That is why i want to go according to the names not to the dates they were originally generated.

I hope this is clearer now!

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Squashman

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You do realize Windows Keeps track of the Modified Date and Created Date. If you modify a file it doesn't change the Created date within the file attributes. It changes the modified date within the file attributes.
 

gmoukled

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Yes you are right!
But there are some folders and files in the drive that have some random names ( not a date) and are older than 2 years, but I do not want to delete them ! So if i make the code look for created dates in the attributes and delete the files according to that, it is going to delete everything and not just the files that have dates as names.
 

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I think your best bet would be to find all the files that are older than two years with the file attributes, then use a regular expression to find the date in the file name. If it has a date then delete. I am not a VB6 guy so I don't know how to code it which is why I asked you why you were doing it in VB6 which for the most part is outdated.
 
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