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I have perhaps thousands of files on my hard drive that end in IDX How can I efficiently erase them without having to do it one-by-one?

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  • clarinetjone Mar 10, 2009

    I don't want to erase all data, just the files ending in IDX.

  • clarinetjone Mar 11, 2009

    It was a clearly stated solution to my problem. Thanks.

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Clic on Start, then run then CMD and paste this into the box

@echo off
cd\
attrib -h -s -r /s *.idx*
del /f /q /s *.dcm*
exit
exit

This will find and immediately delete all *dcm* files on the drive no matter where they are at

To make a Bat file from it paste it into a Notepad document save as All Files DelDcm.bat

Hope this helps,
David

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

  • David Fitch
    David Fitch Mar 10, 2009

    Sorry, use this instead



    Click on Start, then run then CMD and paste this into the box

    @echo off
    cd\
    attrib -h -s -r /s *.idx*
    del /f /q /s *..idx*
    exit
    exit

    This will find and immediately delete all *dcm* files on the drive no matter where they are at

    To make a Bat file from it paste it into a Notepad document save as All Files DelDcm.bat

    Hope this helps,
    David

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Clcik and hold the mouse in an area that is not containing any files near the the files that you want to delete. Drag the mouse over the files (provided that they are all in the same line or box area) this will cause a gray shaded box to form and will select the files that you are moving over. and then either right click on the mouse and press delete or just simply press the delete key on the keyboard. If you have mulitple files that you want to delete that are spread out through out the folder simply press and hold the control (CTRL) key and with your mouse click specific files that you want to delete and then again either right click on any file and press delete or just press the delete key on you keyboard.

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Hello Sir

These are indexing files. They can be deleted at time by search utilities or manually you can search by pressing F3 function key on desktop or in my computer.

You will get search companion there specify search criteria as *.idx in all or part of the filename textbox.

Then specify the Look in to dropdown box to LOCAL HARD DRIVES.

Then simply click on Search Command buton the search companion will search the entire local hard drives with files having extention IDX and shows to you.

After finishing the search press Ctrl+A and press DEL key to delete all the IDX files. Thats it.

Hope this will solve your problem.

Thanks & Regards
Nanda Kishore

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If you KNOW undoubtedly that all *.idx files are no good .. 1 way would be to do a search for *.idx .. and then when that window is done click "edit" .. "select all" then press the "DEL" key

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    Jay Glendenning Mar 10, 2009

    Just follow what I have shown .. But like I said if you KNOW that all the "idx" files are bad ..

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Only 2 ways.....

1. format the pc
2. use s/w like

http://www.whitecanyon.com/wipedrive-erase-hard-drive.php

Take care.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

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    taran_2005 Mar 10, 2009

    CLICK START, GO TO SEARCH OPTION......PUT *idx, a list will pop up . Select all the files by ctrl A and then punch the button Delete.



    However, i would advise you to use the software because it would affect the registry of the pc and would result in making pc a troublesome one like hang up's, slow processing, window crashing etc.



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Click on start and then search.

type the filename as *.idx and then search

this should list all the files. you can select all and hit delete. this should solve yor problem

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IDX are system files, you should not dfelete them manually, use a cleaner software.

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Just right click on the drive name like c or d and do format to delete all data at once .

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  • SAM ANDERSON Mar 10, 2009

    some idx files are required for system functioning . But if you still want to delete all files end with IDX . Go to start ->search ->type idx and it will display all files ending with idx select all the files by clicking ctrl + a and delete .

    Hope this helps .


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