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windows delete problem

I'm wondering if any of the eminent computer folks on this forum can help me with this minor but very annoying problem.

I have a new windows machine with W2K installed on it. I've been using it for less than 1 month. The problem is that deleting any file (even tiny files) takes a long time-- about 1 minute.

When I delete permanently it doesn't take a long time, so I assume that the problem has to do with the recycle bin. I've reduced the "max size of the bin" to 1%. The drive is 110GB.

Any suggestions on to improve the situation beyond disabling the recycle bin (something I'd rather not do)?
Permalink usually a lurker 
March 1st, 2005
A minute is an exceeding amount of time. Ususally I'd suggest turning off the Indexer and seeing if that made a difference but it sounds more basic than that. Perhaps your Ultra DMA IDE drive is being written to using port I/O which is slow, but secure.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
March 1st, 2005
Have you defragged it yet? All those setup files that are created and deleted can lead to new PC's being highly fragmented.

I had this problem with my Win XP box, and the problem went away after defragging the system.
Permalink Cowboy coder 
March 1st, 2005
Sounds like a shell extension is installed. I get this problem with Tortouise (sp?) CVS/SVN from time to time.

If I have an explorer window open, and do some serious direcotry moves or deletes, then the shell extension seems to take the responsibility on itself to watch all files and their moves.
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Permalink hoser 
March 1st, 2005
I'm emberassed to say that I hadn't actually _timed_ the length of time that deleting took -- I think I wrote 1 minute because I had just googled a bit and someone else had written that deleting took a minute for him.

When I time it this morning I find that it is more like 15-20 seconds (and much faster for additional files).

I checked and found that the indexing service is not on. I will try defragging before I leave tonight to see if that will improve the situation (though I don't have any installations on my "data" drive, so it probably isn't that defragged).

I do have Tortoise SVN installed, which could be a big cause of the problem.

Thanks a lot for the suggestions!
Permalink usually a lurker 
March 2nd, 2005

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