I recently upgraded my hard drive to a 480 gig SSD (awesome improvement, by the way) and moved the 1TBhard drive over into the the 2nd bay.

Instead of trying to migrate the Windows install, I just remapped the second drive to D: and freshly installed Windows on the SSD.

However, my "old" installation of Windows 7 and junk are still present on that 1TB drive, alongside several directories which contain my media files (which I want to delete).

What is the most efficient way to delete all the contents of the disk but ignoring a few select sub-directories? Are there any file management applications for this? Or perhaps is it better for me to run this from the console?

I have about 7 unique directories (none are sub-dirs of each other) that I want to save. The rest of the drive I'd like to use purely for data storage.

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    If you just want to select a few directories. Just move those directories to another location, and delete the other files, this is much easier then trying to NOT delete them using a recursive function. – Ramhound Dec 6 '13 at 12:06
  • ...doh. That was a significantly better way of doing it. I did not even think of that. If you'd like to post this as an answer, I will gladly select it as the right one. Egg on face. – Harsha K Dec 7 '13 at 8:48
  • I will allow somebody who needs the reputation post that answer. – Ramhound Dec 7 '13 at 12:10

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