I needed to delete 30,000 files that took about 60 GB. I know traditionally it takes forever to delete it in Windows. Even using the “del” command in the console, it’s always been slow for me. Enter Robocopy. I never gave it a chance until today. The way it can delete is by syncing directory against an empty one which was just what I needed. It was able to do it in about 50 seconds. Awesome.
You’ll have to download Robocopy as part of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools.
What I used to delete this big directory:
robocopy /MIR c:\empty-directory c:\my-files-to-delete