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File explorer very slow to organise view in date order

by bcw99 / September 16, 2016 1:51 PM PDT

I have a library folder with 4,000 images. The folder is set to view in date order. When I open it in File Manager a green bar crawls across for up to two minutes before the folder is displayed in the correct order. This doesn't always happen but when a third party program wants to access the folder, it always happens.

I have another similar folder but with under 500 images and the same happens, although it resolves faster at 30 seconds.

Each folder is set to "general" and detail view so no thumbnails are needed.

My system is extremely fast and is used for image processing and video editing. I have experienced this problem with many versions of Windows before.

Are there any settings I need to alter to stop this? It is extraordinary that this happens in this day and age.

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That's a lot of work to do.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 16, 2016 2:26 PM PDT

If the date is the Date Taken, each file must be opened, read and decoded for the date taken. 500 images at 30 seconds so using that as a baseline to do 8 times more files should hover around 4 minutes.

To speed this up you can look at faster PCs and solid state drives.

Here I took it another solution. I did the sort and then make folders to hold smaller groups by date.

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File explorer very slow to organise view in date order
by vembutech / September 21, 2016 8:22 AM PDT

Which Date column is this exactly? As mentioned here, Date is different from Date Created/Modified/Accessed (on Win7 at least, ought to be the same in Win8 as well). It might be slow if the former column type is used and Explorer is trying to extract EXIF data from the files. Try Date Created or Date Modified instead and see if it is still as slow. (If it is, check your HDD for errors using the manufacturer's utility.)

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