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Remove Empty Directories

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 67 votes

    • 5 star: 19
    • 4 star: 14
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 16
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does exactly what is supposed to do!"

    December 16, 2013  |   By ckcomodo

    Version: Remove Empty Directories 2.2

    Pros

    Pros: Finds large numbers of unexpected debris left over from updates, initial installs, etc. Outlines each un-needed entry in red in case you value something. Does not slow down my buggy OS. No other bloatware associated with this one.

    Cons

    Cons: Cannot remove all the junk (lets you know how many files are empty that are protected against removal.) I have several cleaners and each one "finds" different empties/junk so not unique here. Not updated (why would it be?)

    Summary

    Great!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good, not great"

    April 2, 2012  |   By ShiverZ_HD

    Version: Remove Empty Directories 2.2

    Pros

    Easy and very simple to use for a small programme, deletes many empty directories without the hassle of going through them your'self. Also I had no problems with running the programme, my CPU remained at an average level.

    Cons

    It came up with a list of red files which will be deleted, but failed to actually delete around 10% of them.

    Summary

    I would recommend this programme to anyone looking for an empty directory cleaner, but if you want a full scale cleaner, look somewhere else.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just the app I needed"

    January 30, 2012  |   By FerBear

    Version: Remove Empty Directories 2.2

    Pros

    Does the job. Quick to install, ease of use.
    For those who complain about the time to remove tons of empty folder, think about the time it would take for you to remove them manually.
    Other apps just move them to a hidden directory, so you won't really free any space.

    Cons

    No cons at all.

    Summary

    Does the job it's named for.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't use this product if you value your sanity"

    January 2, 2012  |   By uberdomme

    Version: Remove Empty Directories 2.2

    Pros

    Quick and easy to install
    Scans your computer (for folders to delete) fast enough

    Cons

    Software isn't quite clear what exactly it will delete
    Makes your system slow as heck (CPU 100%)

    Summary

    My experience;
    I wanted a simple program to delete any empty folders from my hard drive to tidy it up a bit. I found this one and the reviews were a little off-putting, but I took the risk anyhow (wish I hadn't) and downloaded the software.

    Installed very quickly and program popped up without any loading time. Great. I made it do a scan of my hard drive and it completed that in no time. Great. Now, I wasn't sure whether it was safe enough to delete empty folders in my Windows directly (better safe than never, right?), so I right-clicked it to "Protect" it and the program placed a little Lock icon beside the folder. I assumed this meant that any empty folders within the Windows directory would remained untouched.

    However, I was wrong and once I let the software do it's business, I discovered that it deleted all the empty folders within Windows directory. This may or may not be safe to do so, but either way it angered me.

    Now, as soon as I closed the program, my computer started freezing up. CPU 100%. I checked my processes and there was nothing out of the ordinary. It could only have been Remove Empty Directories. Luckily, all the deleted folders get placed in the Recycle Bin so I was able to restore them all. However, because my CPU was at it's limit, it took a good 20 minutes to restore a measly 19MB of folders (and empty files might I add).

    Low and behold, as soon as these folders and files were restored, my computer ceased it's freezing and CPU back down to 1-10%. Needless to say, I removed the software as soon as I was able and came on here to review this piece of junk!

    STAY AWAY!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't do anything"

    December 10, 2011  |   By lenin_dcruz

    Version: Remove Empty Directories 2.2

    Pros

    Gives you hopes

    Cons

    Didn't find the empty folders in my desired media folder.

    Summary

    Looking elsewhere.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked as advertised"

    November 30, 2011  |   By techman4life69

    Version: Remove Empty Directories 2.2

    Pros

    Great search and listing features. Gave you a clear path of what files were going to be deleted and the option to remove or leave it as is.Quick file deletion and accurate. Set up dummy "empty" directories and it found them all.

    Cons

    Larger display window for deep trees or buried folders, the ability to maximize the program or display window in tabs

    Summary

    Excellent product I have it in my arsenal and its a keeper

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't work, and froze up my system."

    November 22, 2011  |   By Tomaqi

    Version: Remove Empty Directories 2.2

    Pros

    There were no pros

    Cons

    I ran it once to tidy my itunes directories.,
    It didn't get all the empty folders, and my windows7 laptop immediately became buggy. Revo Uninstaller got rid of it nicely.

    Summary

    I do not recommend this software. If you only have a couple-hundred directories to delete, just take an hour and do it the safe, plodding way.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It d the job as i expected"

    November 9, 2011  |   By posseplayer1

    Version: Remove Empty Directories 2.2

    Pros

    Cleans unnecessary empty files

    Cons

    doesn't tell you if files have information you have to look up those files yourself to make sure you don't delete the wrong ones,i almost did myself.

    Summary

    I'll keep using it,it is a good tool to have.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "went right to the problems"

    October 25, 2011  |   By jackplane5

    Version: Remove Empty Directories 2.2

    Pros

    easy set and use

    Cons

    did not delete all empty directories

    Summary

    sofar good

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  • 1.0 stars

    "CAUTION, deleted mp3 containing directories"

    September 11, 2011  |   By derekdrew

    Version: Remove Empty Directories 2.2

    Pros

    I love the idea of this and it didn't crash me.

    Cons

    had to undelete files after using this

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