the Vista filesystem is great too...

It didn't actually take that long but still more than half an hour - on a defragmented drive - which is pretty weak I think. Apparently the explorer is catastrophically bad at dealing with lots of small files in a directory. Try selecting >= 100.000 files to get their combined size... Another nice anti feature is the new and improved search. For one thing, despite the claims, the search indexer does degrade performance noticably while it's running in the background. But even worse: it gives false negatives! I.e. search for files or file contents will not give any results while I most defininitely know I have some files matching the search criteria. This makes search unusable.

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