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Storage Win10 FileHistory is a living nightmare

Discussion in 'Tech Support' started by Guinevere, 11 Sep 2018.

  1. Guinevere

    Guinevere Mega Mom

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    Machine: Win10 VR Beasty, Has a 12TB+ drive pool as well as a M.2 boot.

    Mistake: Switching Filehistory on for Windows 10, and letting it use drive pool.

    Problem: I run out of space on the drive pool and turns out that FileHistory has used a few terabytes of data.

    Fix: Using command line to delete everything is still taking an age, there's still over 5.5million files to delete

    Question:

    Other than some method that involves moving the 'I want to keep the data' off the pool, and deleting the whole thing is there any way I can quickly delete a 1TB+ folder that contains tens of thousands of nested folders and millions of files? At it stands at the moment I'm going to have to put the delete into a startup batch and get it to chip away at the files bit by bit.

    rmdir seems to be the quickest, but on a slow drive pool with this much data it's still silly slow. Quicker than not using cmd, doing it via the desktop would have taken over 1,500 years.
     
  2. Chairboy

    Chairboy I want something good to die for...

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    I've had success deleting 5TB of data using robocopy to copy the contents of an empty directory into the directory I want to delete.

    It can go horribly wrong though, so i'd say only do it as a last resort
     
  3. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    iirc, just using windows built-in stuff...

    in powershell:
    Code:
    Remove-Item x:\path\to\folder -Force -Recurse
    in cmd:
    Code:
    del /f/s/q foldername > nul
    rmdir /s/q foldername

    using 3rd party tools -

    TeraCopy

    EDIT:

    iirc -

    Code:
    robocopy [empty folder] [folder you want gone] /purge
     
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  4. Chairboy

    Chairboy I want something good to die for...

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    That's the badger!
     

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