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File deletes unusually slow

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Rhino, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Rhino

    Rhino Flightless Bird

    A few weeks ago, I first noticed that it takes an unusually long time to
    delete files on my computer. I'm talking about very small files for the most
    part, often just 1 KB. I right click on the file, choose delete, and the
    message about the file being deleted comes up, just like normal. But it can
    take 10 seconds or more to delete even a tiny file. That doesn't seem right
    to me. The delete proceeds and succeeds without any error messages.

    Should I be concerned? If yes, what should I do to fix this?

    I am running XP Pro with SP2. The computer is just over a year old and has a
    quad-core processor. I have 2 GB of memory.

    --
    Rhino
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Rhino" <no.offline.contact.please@example.com> wrote in message
    news:umeB6rGvKHA.2436@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > A few weeks ago, I first noticed that it takes an unusually long time to
    > delete files on my computer. I'm talking about very small files for the
    > most part, often just 1 KB. I right click on the file, choose delete, and
    > the message about the file being deleted comes up, just like normal. But
    > it can take 10 seconds or more to delete even a tiny file. That doesn't
    > seem right to me. The delete proceeds and succeeds without any error
    > messages.
    >
    > Should I be concerned? If yes, what should I do to fix this?
    >
    > I am running XP Pro with SP2. The computer is just over a year old and has
    > a quad-core processor. I have 2 GB of memory.
    >
    > --
    > Rhino


    It's not the size of the file that matters but the number of files you have
    in the current folder. How many? And does the problem persist while in Safe
    Mode?
     
  3. Tim Slattery

    Tim Slattery Flightless Bird

    "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote:

    >
    >
    >"Rhino" <no.offline.contact.please@example.com> wrote in message
    >news:umeB6rGvKHA.2436@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> A few weeks ago, I first noticed that it takes an unusually long time to
    >> delete files on my computer. I'm talking about very small files for the
    >> most part, often just 1 KB. I right click on the file, choose delete, and
    >> the message about the file being deleted comes up, just like normal. But
    >> it can take 10 seconds or more to delete even a tiny file. That doesn't
    >> seem right to me. The delete proceeds and succeeds without any error
    >> messages.
    >>
    >> Should I be concerned? If yes, what should I do to fix this?
    >>
    >> I am running XP Pro with SP2. The computer is just over a year old and has
    >> a quad-core processor. I have 2 GB of memory.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Rhino

    >
    >It's not the size of the file that matters but the number of files you have
    >in the current folder. How many? And does the problem persist while in Safe
    >Mode?


    I beg to differ. If you're deleting the file from Windows Explorer,
    then the OS is going to copy it to the Recycle Bin. That process will
    certainly take longer with a bigger file. I'm not at all sure why the
    number of files in the current folder would make a difference. In
    FAT32 the file system has to make a sequential search of the directory
    entries to file the one it wants, so there's some reason there. But
    NTFS uses a btree structure, which makes it very quick to find any
    entry.

    --
    Tim Slattery
    Slattery_T@bls.gov
    http://members.cox.net/slatteryt
     
  4. Rhino

    Rhino Flightless Bird

    "Tim Slattery" <Slattery_T@bls.gov> wrote in message
    news:lif2p5dtb36iabksfsco12a0h47ta2m9c3@4ax.com...
    > "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>"Rhino" <no.offline.contact.please@example.com> wrote in message
    >>news:umeB6rGvKHA.2436@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> A few weeks ago, I first noticed that it takes an unusually long time to
    >>> delete files on my computer. I'm talking about very small files for the
    >>> most part, often just 1 KB. I right click on the file, choose delete,
    >>> and
    >>> the message about the file being deleted comes up, just like normal. But
    >>> it can take 10 seconds or more to delete even a tiny file. That doesn't
    >>> seem right to me. The delete proceeds and succeeds without any error
    >>> messages.
    >>>
    >>> Should I be concerned? If yes, what should I do to fix this?
    >>>
    >>> I am running XP Pro with SP2. The computer is just over a year old and
    >>> has
    >>> a quad-core processor. I have 2 GB of memory.
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Rhino

    >>
    >>It's not the size of the file that matters but the number of files you
    >>have
    >>in the current folder. How many? And does the problem persist while in
    >>Safe
    >>Mode?

    >
    > I beg to differ. If you're deleting the file from Windows Explorer,
    > then the OS is going to copy it to the Recycle Bin. That process will
    > certainly take longer with a bigger file. I'm not at all sure why the
    > number of files in the current folder would make a difference. In
    > FAT32 the file system has to make a sequential search of the directory
    > entries to file the one it wants, so there's some reason there. But
    > NTFS uses a btree structure, which makes it very quick to find any
    > entry.
    >


    For what it's worth, I am running NTFS on my hard drives. The folders from
    which I was trying to delete files did not have thousands or even hundreds
    of files in them, more like 10 or 20. Mind you, there were some sub-folders
    containing layers of sub-folders within them: does that make a difference?
    For instance if I am deleting in C:/mydir\myfile and mydir contains only a
    dozen items but some of them are folders containing additional layers of
    subfolders, is that going to make the delete of 'myfile' unusually slow?

    I never used to find that it took long to delete files unless perhaps they
    were very large. But now even tiny files take many seconds to delete.

    --
    Rhino
     

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