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How can I speed up the deleting of very large directories on XP?

Every now and then I need to delete a folder containing something like 500k files from an NTFS volume. I do this with Windows Explorer.

Since NTFS journals all the service data changes each deletion is carried out serially and so the whole 500k files deletion takes ages. I remember when I did the same in FAT32 it ran uncomparably faster.

Is there any way to speed up deletion of large number of files on NTFS volumes?

marked as duplicate by Mehper C. Palavuzlar, Ivo Flipse Mar 18 '10 at 10:50

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Open "Command Prompt" (cmd.exe) and run the following command:

del /f /s /q foldername

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