A few days ago I used the Auslogics Duplicate File Finder application to search for and remove several thousand duplicate photo files. It found over 26,000 duplicate photos to remove. I told it to send the files to the Recycle Bin and let it do its thing.

The program shot off like a rocket, heading into the hundreds very quickly. As it near the 1000 file mark and went beyond, I noticed things slowed down. In fact, as it got beyond 5,000, things slowed significantly. Over 10 hours later, I was only at 10,000 files removed.

Why was this taking so long? The limitation appears to have been the Recycle Bin itself. I don’t have problems deleting 10,000 files with the normal “delete” option in Windows Explorer, but Auslogics Duplicate File Finder did have trouble with it.

Once I cleared the Recycle Bin, things speed back up again. So, if you’re deleting thousands of files with Auslogics Duplicate File Finder and you notice things are running slow, clear the Recycle Bin. Once the bin was cleared, everything sped up again. At least, until I started climbing into the thousands again.