Delete infinitely deep folder structure

Today I ran into a problem where I needed to delete a folder structure which was setup incorrectly. Because of this the folder had a huge amount of empty subfolders.

Ok, no problem.. just select the root folder, and select DELETE.

WRONG, it didn’t delete but it presented me with this error:

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So I tried to delete the folder through the command line using RMDIR /S /Q and Deltree, but this also didn’t work.

Ok, what now. I use robocopy a lot for copying / moving files around so I tried to mis-use this command to delete the folders.

  • First I created an empty folder next to the root folder.
  • Then I ran the following syntax:
  • robocopy “empty folder” “root folder” /MIR

By using the /MIR option it will delete all files /folders in the destination that do not exist in the source (mirrors the contents). It took some time (several hours), but afterwards the folder was deleted.

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