how to delete millions of files?

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  1. trafficsource

    trafficsource Power Member

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    I messed up one of my program which generated billions of folders/files.

    Is there any other solutions than just to hit the delete button? delete button just can't handle that :eek: I don't want to format my hard disk
     
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    tacopalypse Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    modify the same program you used to generate them to delete them one by one?
     
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  3. trafficsource

    trafficsource Power Member

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  4. Bryan

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    billions of files? LOL what.. O_O how big is your computer? how much can it take? wtf billions of files? holy shit
     
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  5. kush28

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    if its on the same folder or all at the same place just use command line would do it in second for you.
     
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    Is this on a Linux/unix server, a Mac or a Windows machine?
     
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    trafficsource Power Member

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  8. trafficsource

    trafficsource Power Member

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    yes on the same folder. can you be more specific about what command line? :rolleyes:
     
  9. Chronos

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    You could always do a system restore to a day before you made the files?
     
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  10. sirgold

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    fire up a command prompt

    del /s /q [your folder]

    Let it work.
     
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  11. alexandraM

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    Shift Delete will permanently delete without sending to recycle..
    bout the best ur gunna do
     
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  12. Chronos

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    So, what did you end up deciding to do? Is it fixed?
     
  13. trafficsource

    trafficsource Power Member

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    ehhh :) I still just entered delete button and now using another pc :) still deleting :) will see after 12 hours
     
  14. scubasteve

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    you shoulda followed the guy's advice above and done it through the command prompt. no way it would take anywhere near 12 hours. it would've taken a few minutes at the most.
     
  15. MoneyTiger

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    wondering delete these files will take 12 hours? but why the program can make the billions file quickly?
     
  16. Dellius

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    Probably program is more efficient at creating files than Windows is at deleting them.

    Damn.
     
  17. newinvestor23

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    there is a program unlocker, it deletes hard to delete files, ones that are hung up, etc.
    good luck
     
  18. ian.knight

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    shift + delete, great little tool!