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Quickest way to delete very large windows folder and files

Abdirahman Isse
Abdirahman Isse
Posted: 2020-07-12

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Delete very large folders or files using the command prompt

If you have very large folders to delete, deleting it through Windows File Explorer will take a very long time. Using a command through command prompt or PowerShell is the quickest to delete large folders.

To delete using the command prompt;

1. Open the Windows command prompt by searching it on on the Windows search box

2. Navigate to the folder that you want to delete

3. Type DEL /F/Q/S *.* while inside the folder to delete. This will empty the folder by forcing the delete quietly without any prompts.
Add > NULL to hide console echo of the files deleted. /F indicates forced delete, /Q to make deletion quite, /S to include all subfolders and *.* is all the files with all types of extensions. You can output the log to a text file by using > filename.txt

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