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Vista won't let me delete a large number of files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by KeyStroke, Sep 4, 2008.

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  1. KeyStroke

    KeyStroke Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I'm trying to delete 1500+ hidden files (located in different directories) from my flash memory. But when I highlight them all and choose "delete", I get the "Preparing to delete" dialogue which says:
    And it stays like this FOREVER until I cancel the operation. It will only work when I delete about 50 files at a time, which I'm not willing to do every time.

    I've tried this both on my laptop and desktop with Windows vista business/home premium service pack 1, and it still didn't work.

    Any idea how I can solve this issue?

    UPDATE: It appears that the issue occurs only when I'm deleting files locating in different directories through the 'search' function. It's still an issue though, and I'd like to delete all files of a specific kind instead of doing it through each and every directory.

    Your help is much appreciated
     
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  3. Mumbodog

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    Most of Vista's copy/delete files problems were solved in SP1, i assume you have SP1 installed?
     
  4. KeyStroke

    KeyStroke Thread Starter

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    Yes I do.

    To be specific, the problem only occurs when I try to mass process files from different locations after using the search feature.
     
  5. Mumbodog

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    Interesting problem, I have no answers that I can find on the issue.

    Is it only when you search the flash drive?

    Have you tried this:
    After your search results are done, select a portion (one fourth) of the files to be deleted, do they delete now?
     
  6. KeyStroke

    KeyStroke Thread Starter

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    I haven't tried deleting files from my hard disk this way (since I don't need to), so I'm not sure.

    As for your other question, I can delete or copy about 20-40 files at once. If I try to process more, I'll run into the same problem again, unless they reside in the same directory.
     
  7. 08cz

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    1500 files is a lot of files, especially when you're dealing with a slow flash drive, so slowdowns are to be expected.
     
  8. KeyStroke

    KeyStroke Thread Starter

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    08cz, I'm not complaining about the time it takes to delete the files, I'm complaining about the fact that it doesn't even start deleting files.
     
  9. Rollin' Rog

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    If there is a common element to the files that you can "wild card" without deleting wanted files, try deleting them from a command prompt.
     
  10. DaveA

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    The problem is that it is trying to load these 1500 file names in memory and it takes a long time to do this. It will happen on any system and any OS.
     
  11. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Moderator

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    Hi KeyStroke

    Would copying the contents of the Flash drive to the hard drive and deleting the files there, be an option?

    You could then format or erase the Flash drive and copy the remaining files back to the Flash drive.

    Just a thought. :)
     
  12. KeyStroke

    KeyStroke Thread Starter

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    No, since the same problem exists in copying search results, and I'm not trying to delete all the files on the flash memory.

    Anyway, I had to delete the files I wanted to delete manually - all 1500 of them :(. I would still like to have a solution for this to avoid it in the future.
     
  13. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

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    Keep them in folders if you can; you should be able to delete an entire folder more readily. And you can also do it from a command prompt:

    rd /s X:\myfiles

    where X is the drive letter and "myfiles" the directory.
     
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