Now open that folder, and ask Windows Explorer to perform any sort of meta-data operation on all 1.2TB of files. Just metadata. For example, I asked Windows to sort these 500 files by date created. RAM usage took off. Our system went from 1.5/4GB RAM usage to thrashing and completely catatonic in a matter of seconds, to the point where I couldn't even ask Windows to reboot, and had to yank the power cord. I tried turning off indexing, compression, thumbnails, and anything else I could find in the control panel that at all sounded like it would be expensive on large files. It still croaks, and I'm stumped. The exact sequence is:
- Open Windows Explorer and navigate to this magical huge folder
- Switch to detailed view
- Click one of the column headers to have Explorer sort by date or size, etc
- RAM usage takes off. I saw it go as high at 6GB, but it took ~10 minutes of thrashing to get there. Task Manager nor Resource Monitor will show any processing taking this RAM; it just disappears.
How in the world can Windows 7 not be able to handle 500 files / 1.2TB directory with 4GB of RAM without even blinking?!?
We carefully cleaned out our recorded TV folder down to about half, and performing metadata requests now cause only a 1.5GB RAM usage jump, which hangs around for 5-15 minutes before just disappearing again. I have no idea why Windows does this, and with >2TB file systems becoming the new norm, I sure hope there will be a solution to this.
Am I missing something? Has someone seen this before? I can't believe I wasn't able to find anything about this online.