Solved Is it safe to delete all empty folder?

June 23, 2020 at 09:25:04
Specs: Windows 10
I understand with the minimal space involved I should leave them be, but when I have Thousands of them it's more of a organization issue. But it is scary deleting Thousands of files. Any reasons not to delete?

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June 24, 2020 at 04:06:33
> Just delete them - if they aren't empty you won't be able to.

I went into a folder in the root of the C: drive just now to test
that idea. The folder was placed there by the HP installer that
runs when Windows 10 is installed from the Recovery partition.
That is to say, normal install for a laptop. The folder contained
at least two subfolders with multiple files in each. When I tried to
delete the enclosing folder, Windows asked me if I was sure I
wanted to do that. I said yes, and it deleted all of it.

I tested there to show it isn't just my own folders that I can delete
like that.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis



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June 23, 2020 at 10:10:21
If a folder is empty then no harm to delete it. But perhaps ensure that it is truly empty (a right click on it may show its properties - including the file's contents in terms of amount of space used)?

And perhaps also - set windows explorer (or whatever its called these days) to show all files - including hidden/system files; just to be sure you haven't got 'something" hidden/not showing in a given folder?

If I right click on a folder in Mac OSX there is a menu which includes "info" and that tells me if it's got anything in it?

Gives details of size of folder and number files therein. I think windows allows the same?

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June 23, 2020 at 15:52:57
Sometimes they are put in as preparation for use later.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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June 23, 2020 at 16:31:22
> Sometimes they are put in as preparation for use later.

And then never used, but if deleted, they are re-created.

If any folders contain only a hidden desktop.ini file, those
can be safely deleted.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
June 23, 2020 at 23:43:47
Thousands of them? How do you end up with thousands of empty folders?

Just delete them - if they aren't empty you won't be able to.


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June 24, 2020 at 04:06:33
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> Just delete them - if they aren't empty you won't be able to.

I went into a folder in the root of the C: drive just now to test
that idea. The folder was placed there by the HP installer that
runs when Windows 10 is installed from the Recovery partition.
That is to say, normal install for a laptop. The folder contained
at least two subfolders with multiple files in each. When I tried to
delete the enclosing folder, Windows asked me if I was sure I
wanted to do that. I said yes, and it deleted all of it.

I tested there to show it isn't just my own folders that I can delete
like that.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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