Remove Empty Directories

Remove Empty Directories

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 68 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    Not available
  • Total Downloads:
    117,338
  • Date Added:
    October 15, 2007
  • File Size:
    395KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    121
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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Empty directory folders are annoying, but not often a cause for great concern. Still, they build up over time, and Remove Empty Directories is a smart and fast solution. The tiny program greets you with a mostly blank pane and an icon key to understanding your results. There's a dialog box at the top to specify a particular folder or drive to search, although by default it checks your C drive.

At the bottom is a Scan button. System resources and drive capacity aside, it takes a while to scan an entire drive. When finished, it coughs up a folder tree marked by the key: red folders will be removed, gray ones won't be touched, and blue ones have been protected, a feature accessible from the context menu. Once you have your list ready to go, hit the Delete button at the bottom and watch the extinction scroll past. Folders that couldn't be deleted might contain hidden files or be connected to a program that relies on them. The Settings tab provides both basic and advanced options, including Windows Explorer integration, a blacklist, customizable protocol, and setting the max depth for folder parsing.

This app is clearly aimed at those who like knowing exactly what's in their folder tree, or those who hate programs that leave behind empty folders as territorial markings of their presence. It functions well, and makes a useful if esoteric system utility.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.2

    out of 52 votes

    • 5 star 15
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 12
  • All Versions

    3.2

    out of 68 votes

    • 5 star 20
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 10
    • 1 star 16
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5 stars

"No more messy folder structures and libraries"

January 24, 2011  |  By zasandra

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Works on external drives
Opt to keep empty folders you want to keep

Cons

Only a warning: KNOW which folders not to delete

Summary

Great little tool

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2 stars

"good but crashes each time"

January 02, 2011  |  By Savalone

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

would do what it is suppsoed to do

Cons

it crashes ev ery time a folder is in use

Summary

like it but needs a patch to fix bugs

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4 stars

"Works after modifying"

November 08, 2010  |  By jbakerr

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

It apparently removes directories from uninstalled programs and leaves the important directories

Cons

I had to add debug to the list of folders to ignore. It worked fine after that. It would have been nice if they had instructed me to do that or already had it in the list.

Summary

Good fr an old computer that has had lots of programs uninstalled.

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5 stars

"Does the work on Win7 x64"

October 06, 2010  |  By iiaiiappa

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Work as advertised. Take care of junk files in empty folders. I have Autodesk maya files that has thousands of empty files, and it clean up fast.

Cons

No con. Use with caution.

Summary

This deserve a five stars. Use with your knowledge and caution!

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3 stars

"efficient,fast"

July 10, 2010  |  By bethurg

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

good at clearing out junk that uninstallers leave behind

Cons

will remove all empty folders even ones you may want to keep,how ever there may be an exclusion option I missed.

Summary

As with any software, there's a plus - recovering hard drive space and removing potential malware hiding places. The down side is that you could lose some folders that you created to use later.

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1 stars

"REQUIRES .NET FRAMEWORK"

July 04, 2010  |  By TRC_42

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

It looked great from the description and rating

Cons

It requires .NET framework 2.0 installed first, which conflicts with my system configuration needs.

Summary

They really need to state that it requires the .NET framework.

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4 stars

"Works as advertised, but tricky to use."

June 10, 2010  |  By kraziaznvtboi

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Does everything it says and gives you some room to customize exactly which folders you want to hunt down.

Cons

Not very noob-friendly since there is an option that detects folders small files within as empty and therefore deletes them. A folder with an .ini or can be small enough to be "empty," but could turn out to be an important system configuration file.

Summary

Overall, it is a probably more for users who are more OCD about little things like empty folders like myself who would generally have enough experience to use such a program. However, a regular user shouldn't be using this because of the potential damage they could unknowingly cause.

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1 stars

"This program need to be reworked"

April 26, 2010  |  By Toft

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

It seems straight forward and it appears to identify many empty folders.

Cons

When It comes to removing empty folders it falls down, It hangs and or crashes and therefore fails as a program.

Summary

The program may be improved if it only showed the folders It can remove or if upon finding a folder it can't remove it skips it rather than crash. I've high hopes for the future.

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4 stars

"Works great, powerful customization."

February 26, 2010  |  By pyromosh

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

It successfully deleted 311 empty folders from my music directory, and even let me customize rules for what constitutes "empty".

The author's site warns that it's incompatible with Vista or Win 7. Despite this, it worked fine for me on Vista 64.

Cons

No documentation. Had to guess how to use a wildcard in the "ignore these files" field. Also, a program as small and light weight as this really shouldn't install at all, it should be able to run from a stand alone exe, even from a flash drive.

Summary

Very fast, light weight app. Others seem to have a problem getting it to work, but it did a great job for me!

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5 stars

"It works as advertised."

January 30, 2010  |  By Russellreno

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Useful, simple, easy to use.

I've used this for over a year with great success.

Cons

None.

Run as Administrator with Win 7.

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What's new in version
This is the first version released on CNET Download.com.
General
Publisher JonasJohn.de
Publisher web site http://www.jonasjohn.de/
Release Date October 15, 2007
Date Added October 15, 2007
Version
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 395KB
File Name red-v2.2-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 117,338
Downloads Last Week 121
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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