Explorer - sort by date very very slow

I'm using Windows 7 Enterprise x64. I have a folder on a portable drive that contains maybe a dozen (but no more) word documents and two folders. 

If I sort by date modified it takes about 5 mins to do so. It's excruciating. I have tried the old Customise View - General Files trick, but to no avail. 

Any ideas? This is driving me nuts. The same folder on the same drive is sorted instantly under XP...

 

Cheers,

 Shep

 

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Hello Shepheard,

I suggest that you try the below steps to fix this issue:

a.     Go to the parent folder, then click "Organize" (or right click).

b.     Click on "Properties",

c.      Then go to the "Customize" tab and under "Optimize this folder for:" set it to "General Items" and optionally check to apply to the subfolders.

d.     Click "Apply".

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Hi Irfan,

 

Thanks for your reply. However, as you can see in my original post I have already tried this and it hasn't helped. I looked at the folder this morning, and it ordered the files instantly then a few minutes later it does not - it's still processing the folder as I type this. 

 

What's the next suggestion? 

 

Many thanks,

 

Chris

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Hi Shepheard,

Have you rebooted in a while? Does this issue occur on another user profile?


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Hi Lisa,

 

Thanks for your reply. Yes, I reboot everyday. However, it seems that it may be a problem with Novell - apparently the thing to do if it starts doing the green line of tedium is to open a second explorer window and that should be OK. I've not experienced the problem again, so can't confirm if that works, but I'll write back when I can.

 

Thanks again,

 

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I'm having this same problem. It just started today, and it seems to be a problem with folders on my server -- Windows Home Server. When I click on Date Modified to sort a folder, the green progress bar starts its slow creep across the address bar in Windows Explorer.

 

If I close the slow Explorer window and open a new one, often the only folders I see are Favorites, Desktop, Libraries and Homegroup. I don't even see my C drive listed! But other times when I open a new Explorer window, everything is fine and as usual.

 

I can't figure out what I've done to cause this to start happening. I did put a new harddrive into a different computer that's attached to my server. I also updated AVG yesterday, but this just started happening today.

 

Rebooting doesn't fix it.

This also doesn't fix it: Then go to the "Customize" tab and under "Optimize this folder for:" set it to "General Items" and optionally check to apply to the subfolders.

Disabling AVG doesn't fix it.

 

Would appreciate some guidance.

 

 

 

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Hi Echo S,

Just to clarify, is your issue specifically in regards to a home network with Windows 7 or Windows Home Server?  If it is specific to Windows Home Server, may I suggest having you post your question in the Windows Home Server Forums:

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/WindowsHomeServer/

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Well, it's actually both.

 

I have two laptops running Windows 7.

 

When I open Windows Explorer on these computers and connect to my Y:\ drive (which is on my Windows Home Server), sorting the Windows Explorer folder by date takes a long time, as I described above. 

 

If there were a way to cross-post in these groups, I would. But there's not. Are you saying this is not a Windows 7 issue?

 

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 Are you saying this is not a Windows 7 issue?

Hi Echo S,

I just wanted to verify your environment.  Also, just wanted to provide the Home Server Forum link just in case.  :)

I've seen some posts where changing the folder type fixes the issue:

>>Drill down to the folder(s) in question

>>right click it and go to Properties

>>click on the Customize tab

>>Under What kind of folder do you want?  Select General Items

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Thanks, but as I mentioned, that doesn't fix it:

 

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Rebooting doesn't fix it.

This also doesn't fix it: Then go to the "Customize" tab and under "Optimize this folder for:" set it to "General Items" and optionally check to apply to the subfolders.

Disabling AVG doesn't fix it.

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I have exactly the same problem on 64bit and have tried the General trick and have even tried stopping indexing on the entire drive, with no success.

Have noticed that the folder also doesn't retain the sorting by date so if I go away from it then go back, it's sorted by name again and the green progress line of death starts all over again.

BTW, Windows fully up to date and restarted twice immediately before writing this.

C'mon Microsoft!  Do something!!!

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