I try to share whole partition in windows xp. On this partition are 10+ milion files. Windows sets access rights to each of them and it has been doining that for last 12 hours and hasn't yet finished. Is there a quicker way to share folder with so many files?

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  • possible duplicate of Quickly changing Windows permissions for a huge directory tree? – Greg Askew Jul 27 '12 at 8:37
  • Lol. I don't want to sound like too much of a prick, but like you said, Windows is applying a change to every single file on the partition, which is has more than 10 million files. Yes, changing 10 million files is going to take a while. Now that you've started, don't stop the process, or you run the risk of having incomplete NTFS security settings on your partition, which can cause some nasty problems. – HopelessN00b Jul 27 '12 at 17:38

Only thing i can think of is to divide the files to number of folders. the number depends on the number of cores in your processor. then spawn a separate process of rights changing on each folder. This should take a little less time, although i must admit i do not see any in fact faster way to set permission then what you are already doing. This is just NTFS. Maybe this topic will guide you more: Quickly changing Windows permissions for a huge directory tree?

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