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April 21, 2004 2:42:00 PM

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Why is it when you open a folder with 53,000 files in it Explorer freaks
out and hangs. If I drop to a command promt and try to delete the files
from there is takes over an hour. Am I doing something wrong?

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April 21, 2004 2:49:16 PM

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In article <MPG.1af05241a14642c4989680@msnews.microsoft.com>,
alphascooter-verizon@yahoo.com says...
> Why is it when you open a folder with 53,000 files in it Explorer freaks
> out and hangs. If I drop to a command promt and try to delete the files
> from there is takes over an hour. Am I doing something wrong?
>
I might add that it is my Exchange Badmail folder that is producing so
many messages.
April 21, 2004 3:21:01 PM

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I'm not sure about Exchange, but I had a similar situation once where I had 20K files or something somewhat similar in one directory. The system did apparently hang, but when I let it run and run (I think overnight) it did come back and I was able to delete the necessary files. I'd suggest A) Clear the recycle bin B) run defrag against the drive C) reboot and retry D) try removing a few items at one time and also clearing out the recycle bin.
My experience was on a 500Mhz Win2K server that had 192MB of memory at that time (512MB at most, I can't remember when we upgraded the memory).
Good luck,
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Anonymous
April 22, 2004 1:31:47 AM

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Best to post Exchange questions in an Exchange group - such as
m.p.exchange.admin

In a command prompt:

del <full path to badmail>\*.* /q

And yes, with that many files it's gonna take a while. Let it run til it's
done. If you're using the default badmail path, enclose the path in quotes
as there's a space in it.

Set up a batch file containing that command and schedule it to run
daily/nightly in task scheduler. That way this won't happen again. You
can't stop badmail from getting files in it, but you can keep it manageable.
I also recommend changing the path in ESM to something like d:\badmail to
make it easier to find.

Johnny wrote:
> In article <MPG.1af05241a14642c4989680@msnews.microsoft.com>,
> alphascooter-verizon@yahoo.com says...
>> Why is it when you open a folder with 53,000 files in it Explorer
>> freaks out and hangs. If I drop to a command promt and try to
>> delete the files from there is takes over an hour. Am I doing
>> something wrong?
>>
> I might add that it is my Exchange Badmail folder that is producing so
> many messages.
Anonymous
April 22, 2004 8:58:51 PM

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The reason for the apparent hang is that Explorer iterates the entire
directory when you open it. If you watch taskman, you will see Explorer.exe
go to 100% CPU for the duration of the activity.

A cmd prompt, on the other hand, does not do that. It just opens the
directory. If you do a dir from there, you will get more or less the same
behavior (except it will be cmd.exe that causes the 100% CPU), but you can
hit ctrl-c to break in.


Pat

"Tom" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:F67856AA-C12E-49C2-B806-31B79ED9890D@microsoft.com...
> I'm not sure about Exchange, but I had a similar situation once where I
> had 20K files or something somewhat similar in one directory. The system
> did apparently hang, but when I let it run and run (I think overnight) it
> did come back and I was able to delete the necessary files. I'd suggest
> A) Clear the recycle bin B) run defrag against the drive C) reboot and
> retry D) try removing a few items at one time and also clearing out the
> recycle bin.
> My experience was on a 500Mhz Win2K server that had 192MB of memory at
> that time (512MB at most, I can't remember when we upgraded the memory).
> Good luck,
!