Need To Do Fancy Windows File Manipulation

In summary, you can use the Windows Powershell move command to move all the files with a certain file extension from one location to another. This will allow you to delete the files without losing them.
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I have about one hundred folders. Each folder has both .jpg and .mp4 files. I want to delete all the .jpgs but not the .mp4s. I don't want to do each folder by hand. Does anyone know the Windows/DOS command that will do this. Just moving the files depending on file type is enough.
 
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Please be very careful with this, there is no safety net to catch you.

If all the 100 folders are inside folder x then open a command window and CD into folder x and then

erase /p /s *.jpg

That /p is going to prompt you to ask whether you want each file erased or not. I would suggest looking carefully at the name of the file it is about to erase and answering no to that question again and again and again until it is done. If every one of those file names was correct and it didn't end up asking you if you wanted to erase a very important file that you wanted to keep then you can do

erase /s *.jpg

and let it go.

All this is based on reading

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/erase

The /s will have it look into the x folder, erase all jpg files there and then go into every folder inside x and do the same and go into every folder in every folder inside x, etc.

Ah, there is another way.

Windows Explorer is what you may use when you are trying to find files. You can use that to move to your x folder and then use the search box that is in the upper right corner to look for all jpg files in x and below x. That will take a while to complete. That should show you a list of every jpg file in those folders. Then you can carefully look through all the buttons across the top of the window and find a button that will Select All of those search results. That should highlight all the 100 plus jpg files. Then more looking through the buttons and you should find a red X with a Delete label under it. Tapping on that X should move all those highlighted file names to the Recycle Bin. (There are settings to make anything deleted to be instantly permanently deleted, presumably you have not set that. There are also things like if you do this from an inserted thumb drive that the deleted files do not go to the recycle bin on the thumb drive, because there isn't one, presumably you are not doing this from a thumb drive. After all those cautions... (Can you tell I don't trust not losing important files?) Then you are free to close Windows Explorer, open the Recycle Bin, see that all the appropriate files are there and then empty the bin.

Please post a message when you are done and let everyone know how it worked for you
 
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Can you use robocopy?

robocopy c:\old c:\new /mir
robocopy c:\old c:\new /s *.jpg
 
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Rather than a delete, I suggest a move operation so that the files are not lost. That way if you ever need them again, you have them, but they are in a different folder so no longer in the way.

The Windows powershell move command will do this. Here's a good place in the Microsoft Learning Center to get the syntax and see an example:

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/microsoft.powershell.management/move-item?view=powershell-7.3

You want to look for Example 4. Here's part of it
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That worked like a charm. I had well over ten thousand photos each from three to nine megabytes in size. I had them all backed up on an external hard drive. I never look at them. I resized them all, reducing to about 4% of the size of the original, moved the original jpgs to another directory with Powershell, then deleted that directory. Recovered about 60 gigabytes.

Surprising to me is that I still have 60 gig of mp4 videos. I would never have imagined it was anywhere near that. I seldom make them, or at least so I thought. I never watch them. I guess they will be next to get the axe when the SSD fills up again.
 
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1. What is "Fancy Windows File Manipulation"?

Fancy Windows File Manipulation refers to the process of performing various tasks on files in a Windows operating system, such as renaming, copying, moving, deleting, and organizing files in a more complex and advanced manner.

2. Why is it important to learn how to do fancy file manipulation on Windows?

Knowing how to perform fancy file manipulation on Windows can help increase efficiency and productivity in various tasks, such as organizing files for a project, managing large data sets, and automating repetitive tasks.

3. What are some tools or commands that can help with fancy file manipulation on Windows?

Some commonly used tools and commands for fancy file manipulation on Windows include File Explorer, Command Prompt, PowerShell, and various third-party software programs.

4. Are there any risks or precautions to be aware of when performing fancy file manipulation on Windows?

Yes, there are some risks involved, such as accidentally deleting important files or causing system errors. It is important to always double-check commands and use caution when manipulating files, especially if they are critical for the system's operation.

5. Can fancy file manipulation be done on other operating systems besides Windows?

Yes, fancy file manipulation techniques can be applied to other operating systems, such as macOS and Linux. However, the specific tools and commands may differ from those used in Windows.

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